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Terror suspects in wrong places

They were secretive and spouted extremist ideology; they sought false documents and had sketches of alleged targets — so say prosecutors of the four men on trial in U.S. District Court in Detroit, accused of being members of a terrorist sleeper cell. Karim Koubriti, 24; Ahmed Hannan, 34; Farouk Ali-Haimoud, 22, and Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi, 37, are charged with providing material support for terrorists and possession of false documents. Testimony is in its third week. The centerpiece of the government’s case is a day planner that contains a sketch prosecutors say is the U.S. air base at Incirlik, Turkey, along with other alleged targets. The United States used the base to patrol northern Iraq. Turkish anti-terrorism agent Ismail Guven presented records indicating Elmardoudi, traveling under an alias, spent a week in Turkey in 1996 and may have returned the following year under yet another name. Documents matching the first alias were found in a Greyhound bus station locker in Greensboro, N.C., when Elmardoudi was arrested last November during a random drug sweep. Full Story

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