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Apr 17, 2015

Ohio man pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

By Mary Wisniewski and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – An Ohio man who trained with Islamic militants
in Syria pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Columbus federal
court to charges of supporting terrorism and making false
statements, court documents said.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, a naturalized American, had
been instructed by a Muslim cleric to return to the United
States and carry out an act of terrorism, a federal indictment
said.

Apr 16, 2015

Ohio man who trained with Islamic militants charged with supporting terrorism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Columbus, Ohio, man who trained with Islamic militants in Syria has been arrested and charged with supporting terrorism and making false statements, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, a naturalized American, had been instructed by a Muslim cleric to return to the United States and carry out an act of terrorism, a federal indictment said.

Apr 10, 2015

Exclusive: U.S. expands intelligence sharing with Saudis in Yemen operation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expanding its intelligence-sharing with Saudi Arabia to provide more information about potential targets in the kingdom’s air campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The stepped-up assistance comes as two weeks of relentless air strikes by the Saudis and other Gulf Arab allies have largely failed to halt advances by the Iran-linked Houthi forces.

Apr 10, 2015

U.S. expands intelligence sharing with Saudis in Yemen operation

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The United States is
expanding its intelligence-sharing with Saudi Arabia to provide
more information about potential targets in the kingdom’s air
campaign against Houthi militias in Yemen, U.S. officials told
Reuters.

The stepped-up assistance comes as two weeks of relentless
air strikes by the Saudis and other Gulf Arab allies have
largely failed to halt advances by the Iran-linked Houthi
forces.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. online ban of militant Muslim preacher ends

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Michigan-based Islamist preacher whose online sermons have been a leading source of inspiration for foreign fighters in Syria is free to return to social media after restrictions on his Internet use lapsed.

Officials at the U.S. Attorney’s office and federal district court in Detroit told Reuters that probation constraints that a federal judge ordered last summer on imam Ahmad Musa Jebril expired last week.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. closing in on recommendation to remove Cuba from state terrorism list

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department is
closing in on a decision to recommend removal of Cuba from its
list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, days before
President Barack Obama attends a regional summit with his Cuban
counterpart Raul Castro.

Obama ordered the review after announcing a diplomatic
breakthrough with Havana on Dec. 17 and has vowed to act quickly
once he receives the recommendation, which would mark a major
move toward ending five decades of estrangement.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. could recommend taking Cuba off state terrorism list in days: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department could recommend within a few days that Cuba be removed from its list of countries accused of sponsoring terrorism, a U.S. official said on Tuesday, a major move toward rapprochement ahead of a hemispheric summit this week.

President Barack Obama ordered the review after announcing a diplomatic breakthrough with Havana on Dec. 17, and he has vowed to act quickly once he receives the State Department’s recommendation.

Apr 3, 2015

American al Qaeda suspect faces U.S. terrorism charges

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. citizen accused of training with al Qaeda and conspiring to kill Americans abroad appeared in federal court in New York on Thursday to face terrorism charges.

Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, who was detained in Pakistan and recently transferred into U.S. custody, was clad in blue jail garb and sporting short brown hair and a long beard as he made a brief court appearance in Brooklyn.

Apr 2, 2015

Alleged al Qaeda operative to face U.S. terrorism charges

By Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – A U.S. citizen who trained with al Qaeda in Pakistan was expected to appear in federal court on Thursday in New York to face terrorism charges.

The FBI said in a document filed in federal court in Brooklyn that Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh was facing charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. charges against Sen. Menendez could come Wednesday: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has been advised by federal officials that he is likely to face corruption-related criminal charges, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Menendez is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A second source familiar with the matter said any criminal charges would be brought by federal prosecutors in Florida.