Lebanese-Swede charged with US terror camp plot

December 14, 2005 01:12


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A Lebanese-born Swede has been charged in a plot to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. A criminal complaint charging Oussama Kassir with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists was unsealed in US District Court in Manhattan, US Attorney Michael J. Garcia said. Kassir, 39, was arrested in Prague, Czech Republic, on Sunday after a warrant was filed with Interpol, Garcia said. He remains detained in Prague as the United States pursues his extradition. The complaint alleges that Kassir and others conspired to establish a training camp for holy war, or jihad, in Bly, Oregon. According to the complaint, Kassir and others wanted to set up the camp to teach military-style jihad methods so a community of Muslims could move to Afghanistan to fight or to be trained more there. The camp never materialized beyond a dozen people taking target practice and was abandoned for unknown reasons, according to Oregon authorities. The government also said that a witness saw Kassir in possession of a compact disc with information about improvising poisons.

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