Ohio:Two muslim cousins from Chicago plead guilty of plotting to kill US Soldiers

by Kal El on January 17, 2009 · View Comments

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More jihadi recruitment happening within the United States. Thanks to our do-nothing congress ignoring the threat at our borders (north and south), and making it even easier for terrorist pigs like these to continue getting visas to come here to destroy us.

Cousins plead guilty in plot to kill US soldiers

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two cousins from the Chicago area accused of training to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq pleaded guilty to terrorism charges Thursday, federal prosecutors said.

The two were part of a plot organized by three men living in Toledo who were convicted last year of recruiting terrorists and raising money to fund their plans to wage a holy war against U.S. troops, prosecutors said.

The two cousins received training in firearms and counter-surveillance so they could join the insurgency, prosecutors said.

Khaleel Ahmed, 28, of Chicago and Zubair Ahmed, 28, of suburban North Chicago both pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Each faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Messages seeking comment were left with attorneys for both men.

The two men were arrested in February, months after the three men in Ohio were accused of plotting attacks.

Prosecutors said Marwan El-Hindi of Toledo recruited the cousins in 2004 to join his cell in Toledo. They all met at a Muslim convention in Cleveland with a former U.S. military man who worked undercover and helped foil the plot, prosecutors said.

Over the next year, the men talked more about training in explosives, guns and sniper tactics, U.S. Justice Department attorneys said.

During the trial of the three Ohio men, the military veteran who secretly taped conversations with the men testified that they talked several times about the two from Chicago.

According to recordings heard in court, El-Hindi said the two cousins were eager to receive “jihad training.”

But he also said the two were naive and shouldn’t go anywhere because they thought shooting guns was like playing a video game. “They are like kids,” El-Hindi said. “They’re like a piece of clay.”

At one point during a conversation, the informant asked El-Hindi if he was recruiting for jihad.

“Oh no, I just want to take these two,” El-Hindi answered, adding that he wanted to take care of them for their families.

El-Hindi, Mohammad Amawi, and Wassim Mazloum were convicted of conspiring to kill or maim people outside the United States and now face maximum sentences of life in prison.

Prosecutors also said that the cousins had traveled to Egypt in 2004 with plans to kill U.S. troops, but they were stopped and returned to the U.S.

Khaleel Ahmed was born in India and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004. Zubair Ahmed was born in Chicago and is a U.S. citizen.

I sided with Dubya on a lot of issues. Going into Afghanistan, and pressuring Pakistan on terror. Then removing Saddam from Iraq, I agreed with. Mistakes were made, yes, but he had the right intentions. However he BADLY screwed Americans over by increasing the amount of student visas for muslims from countries that hate us to come here and undermine us from within. These two pukes, along with their three jihadi already doing life in the poke house are perfect examples. Along with those assholes in Florida telling the Jews to return to the ovens, and marching in New York with signs saying islam will dominate America. That is where George W Bush and I disagree STRONGLY.

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  • http://www.mosquewatch.blogspot.com Jeff

    I've always been on the opposite side of the fence on the border issues with President Bush . It's insane letting people into America without massive screening and other issues I won't get into. Recently their was a Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan. It took 4 days before my nephew could text anyone if he was dead or alive. He's alive, unable still to tell us if he was on the copter or not. I find it difficult from a Military family for members of my family going over seas and destroying our enemies……

    WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT OPENLY LETS THEM IN THIS COUNTRY. Honestly what is the point? We go into Iraq, Afghanistan, kill mujahadeen and then our leaders let the bastards come into America? Once again, our leaders are inept. Our next President has vowed to shut down gitmo. Some one tell me why I should be proud too send my son overseas to kill an enemy, when our leaders let the enemy in OUR LAND?

  • Beej

    I wholeheartedly agree with what you say, Jeff, but allow me to play a kind of devil's advocate. The more occurrences of this sort there are, the more likely the general populace will be to wake up to the threat that hangs over them, and the greater is the chance they might bring the Government and the media to their senses. "It's an ill wind that blows no good."

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