Five Terrorism Suspects Returned To U.S.

NEW YORK (October 6, 2012)--Two men extradited from Britain pleaded not guilty Saturday in a Connecticut court to federal charges that they provided terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya with cash, recruits and equipment.

Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan appeared in federal district court in New Haven Saturday morning.

They will remain in jail until trial.

Their attorneys declined to comment after the arraignment.

If convicted, the men could face life sentences.

They are accused of running websites to recruit for the al-Qaeda network, Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime and Chechen rebels.

They will be tried in Connecticut, where an Internet service provider was allegedly used to run the websites.

The men arrived in the U.S. early Saturday after years-long extradition fights in England.

Three others returned to the U.S. are to be arraigned later Saturday in New York.


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