Four men, including three former U.S. college students, were charged Thursday with conspiring to raise thousands of dollars that were later allegedly funneled to al-Qaeda’s terror franchise in Yemen and its now-deceased leader Anwar al-Awlaki.
Accused in an eight-year fundraising effort, ending in 2012 with the alleged transfer of $22,000 to an al-Awlaki associate: Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37; Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad,36; Asif Ahmed Salim, 35; and Sultane Room Salim, 40.
Al-Awlaki, an American citizen who became one of the terror group’s most inspirational leaders, was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2011.
According to court records, Yahya Mohammad, a former engineering student at Ohio State University, and Ibrahim Mohammad, a former engineering student at the University of Illinois, acquired funds in part by opening credit card accounts and “withdrawing money with no intention of repaying the amounts.”
In July 2009, according to the documents, Yahya Mohammad allegedly traveled with two others to meet with al-Awlaki in Yemen. Although the meeting did not take place, the group allegedly made contact with an al-Awlaki associate to deliver the $22,000.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Kevin Johnson