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He was arrested by Thai authorities on a provisional arrest warrant, based on a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charging conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

According to the first indictment, during a covertly recorded meeting in Thailand on March 6, 2008, Mr. Bout told undercover agents he could arrange to airdrop the arms to the FARC in Colombia, and offered to sell to the FARC two cargo planes that could be used for arms deliveries. That indictment said Mr. Bout told the agents he understood they wanted to use the arms against American personnel in Colombia, adding that the U.S. also was his enemy and that the FARC’s fight against the U.S. also was his fight.

Mr. Bout is a Russian who formerly served as a military translator but has been in the arms business since the mid-1990s. Mr. Chichakli, 51, is a U.S. citizen who was born in Syria and served in the U.S. Army. They have been close business associates for the past several years.