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Palestinian Jihad Denies Link to Four U.S. Arrests

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad denied Friday it had any links to four men arrested in the United States on charges of conspiring to kill more than 100 people in Israel and the occupied territories. Charges against the men, who were arrested Thursday, included operating a racketeering enterprise since 1984 and conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic Jihad. “These accusations are fabricated and completely baseless,” the group said in a statement faxed to Reuters in Beirut. Of the four men branded by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft as “material supporters of foreign terrorist organizations,” it said there was “no link between them and the Islamic Jihad movement.” “This campaign by the American administration, spurred on by the Zionist lobby, against American citizens or those resident in the United States of Arab origin, aims to terrorize Arabs and Muslims in America and throughout the world,” it said. Full Story

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