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U.S. Arrests Two in Hamas Financing Case

U.S. officials have arrested two men whom they accuse of funneling money to the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the past 15 years, the Justice Department said on Friday. Mohammed Hamid Khalil Salah was arrested in Chicago and Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar in northern Virginia on Thursday. The United States issued an arrest warrant for a third man, Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, who was identified as the deputy chief of Hamas’ political bureau and a former U.S. resident who lives in Syria. A Justice Department spokesman declined to say whether the United States would seek his extradition. “The individuals named in this indictment are alleged to have played a substantial role in financing and supporting international terrorism. They are alleged to be material supporters of a foreign terrorist organization,” U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told a news conference. OODA Analyst

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