Two accused of plotting terror while in Cleveland
February 22, 2007
Thousands of people came to Cleveland in July 2004 for a conference on Muslim families and the challenges they face, but two cousins had other motives in making the six-hour drive from Chicago, prosecutors said.
Zubair and Khaleed Ahmed came to the conference and met with a man who promised to train them to kill American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.
Zubair Ahmed, 27, and Khaleed Ahmed, 26, were charged with conspiring to commit terrorist acts against Americans overseas. They were arrested Wednesday in Chicago and are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court there Monday.....
The two men are accused of being part of what prosecutors say is a terror cell based in Toledo that trained to support insurgents fighting in Iraq by making explosives and smuggling computers to them.
......El-Hindi called again, this time from Chicago, and said he planned to bring the Ahmed cousins to meet "the Trainer" that weekend at a convention in Cleveland, prosecutors said.
The Islamic Circle of North America's annual gathering was at the Cleveland Convention Center. Topics of the three-day conference included the future of Iraq, the Patriot Act and the plight of former Cleveland Imam Fawaz Damra. More....