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Trial of alleged 'sleeper cell' members set to begin in Detroit

Eighteen months after a raid on an apartment uncovered what prosecutors say was a conspiracy to support terrorist strikes in Jordan, Turkey and the United States, four men charged in the case are coming to trial this week. The government claims the terror cell looked for security gaps at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, got fake identification to help others enter the country and recruited for a radical Islamic movement allied with al-Qaida. The trial, set to begin Tuesday, will be one of the first for an alleged terror cell in this country since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It may test the government’s ability to prove accusations about terror plots in the making. “The government has not yet been compelled to show its hand in these cases,” said Juliette Kayyem, a terrorism expert and professor at Harvard University. “There have been a lot of press conferences and indictments, but those are not facts.” Karim Koubriti, Ahmed Hannan, Farouk Ali-Haimoud and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi are charged with conspiracy to provide material support or resources to terrorists. Full Story

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