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Two US citizens charged with conspiring to assist al Qaeda

[JURIST] The US Justice Department [official website] said Sunday that two US citizens have been arrested and charged with conspiring to provide support to al Qaeda [Wikipedia backgrounder] in several meetings with an undercover FBI agent posing as an al Qaeda recruiter and a confidential source. Tarik Ibn Osman Shah allegedly offered to train al Qaeda members in martial arts and hand-to-hand combat, while Rafik Sabir allegedly agreed to give medical assistance to jihadists wounded in Saudi Arabia. Shah and Sabir are said to have pledged their loyalty to al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden in conversations that were taped with their consent. Both are expected to be arraigned Tuesday. Reuters has more.

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