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Witness Says Accused Terrorists Had Code

A government witness testified Wednesday that one of the men charged with being part of a terrorist “sleeper” cell told him about the possibility of massive attacks on the United States one month before the jetliner hijackings of Sept. 11. Youssef Hmimssa said he was making fraudulent documents for Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was told there was a network of Islamic extremist “brothers” organizing in the country. “This place is going to be just like Gaza Strip and West Bank,” Elmardoudi said, according to Hmimssa. Elmardoudi and three other men are charged with conspiracy to provide material support or resources to terrorists. Their trial is the first in the United States for an alleged terror cell detected following the Sept. 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. The other defendants are Karim Koubriti, Ahmed Hannan and Farouk Ali-Haimoud, who were arrested after a raid at a Detroit apartment six days after the attacks. Full Story

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