Thanks to Diggers Realm for the photos Left to Right: Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum
A federal jury on Friday convicted three Toledo-area men of Middle Eastern descent of plotting attacks against U.S. troops overseas and other terror-related acts.
Mohammad Amawi, Marwan El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum, all of whom are Muslim, were convicted on all counts of conspiring to kill or injure people outside the United States and face sentences of life in prison.
Prosecutors said the men were learning to shoot guns and make explosives while raising money to fund their plans to wage a holy war against U.S. troops.
â€œTodayâ€™s verdicts should send a strong message to individuals who would use this country as a platform to plot attacks against U.S. military personnel in Iraq and elsewhere,â€ said Patrick Rowan, acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, in a written statement.
â€œThis case also underscores the need for continued vigilance in identifying and dismantling extremist plots that develop in Americaâ€™s heartland.â€
These terrorists were able to blend into the Toledo, Ohio Muslim community. Amawi and El-Hindi are U.S. citizens, and Mazloum came to the U.S. legally from Lebanon. El-Hindi was born in Jordan, and Amawi was born in the U.S. but also has Jordanian citizenship. Mazloum was a college student who helped his brother run a used car lot. Amawi once worked at a bakery. And El-Hindi was a married father of seven.
Photo of used auto lot operated by Wassim I. Mazloum and his brother
So, what story is getting more news play.
1. Tim Russert’s passing
2. Conviction of American Muslim Jihadis?