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3 Men in US Charged with Conspiring to Commit Terrorist Acts Plead 'Not Guilty'


Three men have pleaded not guilty in the midwestern U.S. state of Ohio to charges of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism against U.S. military forces in Iraq and other countries.

Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman el-Hindi and Wassim Mazloum are also charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists in the Middle East.

Amawi is a citizen of Jordan and the United States, el-Hindi is a U.S. citizen born in Jordan, and Mazloum is a legal U.S. resident.

Amawi is also charged with verbally threatening to kill or injure President Bush.

According to the indictment, the defendants recruited an unidentified person with a military background to assist them with plans to train terrorists and to use improvised explosive devices against U.S. troops.

This person, referred to in the indictment as "The Trainer," worked with the defendants, while secretly gathering evidence and cooperating with authorities.

If convicted of the most serious charges, the men could face life in prison.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.