February 22, 2007, - 8:37 am
By Debbie Schlussel
I’m sure their religion had nothing to do with it, but . . .
Zubair A. Ahmed, 27, of North Chicago, and his cousin, Khaleel Ahmed, 26, of Chicago, were arrested, yesterday, and indicted on charges they conspired to wage holy war against Americans overseas, including our soldiers in Iraq.
They were indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland, as they are connected to the plot of the previously indicted Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi and Wassim Mazloum. They were indicted a year ago on charges of gathering information on explosives and tactics, planning to send money and computers to the Middle East and recruiting others to attack American forces in Iraq.
More details on these two loyal, Muslim-American, U.S. citizens from The Chicago Tribune:
Zubair A. Ahmed, 27, of North Chicago, and his cousin, Khaleel Ahmed, 26, of Chicago, have ties to three Toledo men charged in the conspiracy last year, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said the cousins had spoken to at least one of the three about receiving training and at one point were headed to Afghanistan or Iraq.
Zubair Ahmed allegedly wanted to learn to use a .50-caliber machine gun.
“Man, we’ve been waiting for this,” he said, according to the indictment. . .
Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi and Wassim Mazloum have pleaded not guilty and are expected to go on trial in Cleveland in the spring. They were accused of gathering information on explosives and tactics, planning to send money and computers to the Middle East and recruiting others to attack American forces in Iraq.
Recruits were “to train for violent jihad against the United States and its allies in Iraq, and elsewhere, and would propose potential training sites for use in providing ongoing firearms, hand-to-hand combat, explosives, and other paramilitary training to prospective recruits,” the indictment states.
Two of those who were recruited were the Ahmeds, according to court documents. They were allegedly brought into the conspiracy by El-Hindi, who has Chicago ties. The Tribune has reported that El-Hindi, who used to live in the suburbs, ran a travel agency in the Loop near the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse that opened in the late 1990s and closed a few years ago.
El-Hindi allegedly took the cousins from Chicago to Cleveland in 2004 to meet a man described in the document as “the Trainer,” a man with military experience who was associated with the group.
“Zubair and Khaleel discussed sniper tactics with the Trainer and their desire to receive training in, among other things, firearms and counter surveillance techniques,” the indictment states. It was El-Hindi who stopped the two from going overseas because he believed they needed more training, it states.
But “loyal” U.S. citizens who are Muslims are peaceful, and we are bigots for thinking otherwise. Right?
And Muslims all over America are denouncing them and protesting in the streets over their actions . . . in my dreams.
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