Yahya Farooq Mohammad, Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, Asif Ahmed Salim, and Sultane Room Salim. I’m guessing they’re not Catholic.
Four Ohio men, including two former Ohio State University students and one Columbus resident, are charged with conspiring to travel to Yemen to provide thousands of dollars to Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was designated a global terrorist and an al-Qaeda leader.
A four-count indictment was unsealed today in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio detailing the charges.
Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37; Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 36; Asif Ahmed Salim, 35; and Sultane Roome Salim, 40, were each indicted on one count of conspiracy to provide and conceal material support and resources to terrorists, one count of providing material support and resources to terrorists and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office. Farooq Mohammad and Ibrahim Mohammad both face an additional count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Al-Awlaki died in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. He was a key al-Qaeda leader who was designated a global terrorist in 2010.
According to the indictment, the men provided money, equipment and other help to Al-Awlaki before he was killed. The support was intended to be used in the “violent jihad against the U.S. and U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world,” the U.S. Attorneys Office said in a release.
Sultane Salim was arrested in Columbus this morning and transported to Toledo, where he will appear at an arraignment hearing in federal court this afternoon, said Mike Tobin, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Ohio.
Lynn Anderson, vice president of communications for the regional offices of Exel in Westerville, confirmed that Sultane Salim was hired at the third-party logistics company in May as a senior financial analyst after previously working there a short time as a contractor.
Before being hired, Salim passed all pre-employment screening, including one that checks to see if foreign nationals had been flagged for suspicious activity, Anderson said.
She said they had no knowledge of his alleged ties to the terrorist organization, adding “It is indeed a surprise.”
Salim’s supervisor sent him a text this morning when he was late for work and then federal authorities called the company to let them know he had been arrested, Anderson said.
A woman who answered the door at Salim’s apartment on the Northeast Side identified herself as Maureen Salim, his wife. She told a reporter she didn’t know where he was or what happened.
A neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, said the couple has two boys and girl.
Farooq Mohammad was an Indian citizen who was an engineering student at Ohio State University between 2002 and 2004, according to the federal indictment. An Ohio State spokeswoman confirmed that he studied electrical engineering there from 2002 to 2004. He married a U.S. citizen in 2008.
His brother, Ibrahim Mohammad, was also an Indian citizen who studied engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2001 through 2005. He moved to Toledo, married a U.S. citizen in 2006 and became a resident of the United States around 2007.
Asif Salim was a U.S. citizen who studied at Ohio State University between 2000 and 2005, according to the indictment. An Ohio State spokeswoman said Salim first enrolled in 1996 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geology in 2005. He became a resident of Overland Park, Kansas, in 2007.
His brother, Sultane Salim, is also a U.S. citizen lived in the Chicago area from 2006 through 2012, until he moved to Columbus.
The indictment was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio, U.S. Attorney Barry R. Grissom of the District of Kansas and Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony of the FBI’s Cleveland Division.
Just think, Barky’s importing thousands of them into America.