- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Two men arrested in March after videotaping the U.S. Capitol and at least three other Washington locations were indicted yesterday in Georgia for plotting “violent jihad” against civilian and government sites, while a British man was named in a separate suspected terrorist scheme to kill persons in foreign countries.

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, 19, and Syed Haris Ahmed, 21, both U.S. citizens and Georgia residents, were accused of taking part in paramilitary training in northwest Georgia and plotting attacks against several targets, including Dobbins Air Reserve Base in suburban Atlanta.

The two men previously were accused of traveling to Canada in March 2005 to meet with at least three other suspects in an ongoing FBI terror investigation. An FBI affidavit said the pair discussed “strategic locations in the United States suitable for a terrorist strike.”

U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias noted that the charges do not suggest the men “posed an imminent threat to the United States.”

The affidavit said Mr. Ahmed, charged with giving material support of terrorism, and Mr. Sadequee, accused of making materially false statements in connection with an ongoing federal terrorism investigation, talked about attacks on oil refineries and military bases and planned to travel to Pakistan to get military training at a terrorist camp, which authorities said Mr. Ahmed then tried to do.

U.S. authorities have established that the two men also had been in contact with some of the 17 terror suspects arrested in June in Canada.

Separately, U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor in Bridgeport, Conn., said a three-count indictment against Syed Talha Ahsan, 26, of London, accuses him of providing substantial support and resources to people engaged in acts of terrorism.

Mr. Ahsan was arrested yesterday by British authorities at the request of U.S. officials.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman Dean Boyd said Mr. Ahsan appeared before a magistrate court in London, where he was ordered detained pending a bail hearing set for Wednesday. An extradition request is due shortly.

Mr. Boyd said the support and resources consisted of advice and assistance, communications equipment, military items, currency, financial services and personnel, all of which were designed to help the Taliban and Chechen Mujahedeen, and to raise funds for terror activities in Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere.

“Today’s arrest represents another key step in our efforts to combat terrorism and those who use the Internet to perpetrate it,” said Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Julie L. Myers, who heads ICE. “ICE and its law enforcement partners owe a special debt of gratitude to British authorities for their assistance.”

The indictment said that in April 2001, Mr. Ahsan possessed, accessed, modified and re-saved an electronic document containing then-classified plans of a U.S. Navy battle group operating in the Strait of Hormuz. That document includes details on the composition, mission and capabilities of the ships in the battle group and the group’s vulnerabilities to terrorist attack.

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