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Oregon Al Qaeda Sympathizers 'Insult' Islam-Judge

Two Oregon Muslim men who admitted trying to help al Qaeda fight U.S. forces in Afghanistan were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday by a judge who called them “first-class traitors” who insulted the Muslim faith by their actions. “You are first-class traitors to this country,” U.S. District Judge Robert Jones told defendants Jeffrey Battle and Patrice Ford, adding: “You do not represent the Muslim faith.” The judge added that their efforts to help Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban government were “an insult to the Muslim religion.” In turn, the two men blasted prosecutors, called themselves victims of terrorism, and accused the United States of practicing “genocide” against Muslims. The defendants were part of a group of six who were arrested in October 2002 and later pleaded guilty to charges that they trained with weapons and tried to enter Afghanistan to fight a holy war against U.S. soldiers. Full Story

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