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FBI Charges 7th N.Y. Terror Cell Suspect

A seventh man was charged Wednesday with participating in a terrorist “sleeper” cell based in upstate New York by attending an al-Qaida training camp run by Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks. An FBI criminal complaint charged Jaber Elbaneh, 36, with conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. Elbaneh is believed to be abroad, federal officials said. He is from the Buffalo suburb of Lackawanna. Six other men — dubbed the “Lackawanna Six” — have already pleaded guilty in the case and are cooperating with authorities. Prosecutors had said other arrests were possible. “On one front, we are shutting down sources of material support to al-Qaida and securing the cooperation of individuals who trained with our enemies,” Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a statement. “At the same time, the unsealing of the charges against Jaber Elbaneh demonstrates our ongoing resolve to hunt the globe for those who aid and train with terrorists.” Full Story

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