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Four Alleged Terrorists Arrested in US - 2002-10-04


U.S. law enforcement officials have arrested four members of a suspected terrorist cell and charged them with conspiracy to wage war against the United States.

Attorney General John Ashcroft says three suspects were arrested in Oregon and one in Michigan. Two others are being sought overseas. Five of the six are American citizens.

Prosecutors allege the six tried to travel to Afghanistan after the September 11 terrorist attacks to fight with the Taleban and al-Qaida against U.S. troops.

One of the six, Jeffrey Battle, served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Authorities allege that he intended to use his combat training against Americans fighting in Afghanistan.

All six have been charged with conspiracy to wage war on the United States and with providing material support and services to al-Qaida and the Taleban.

If convicted, the accused could face up to life in prison.

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