Five US men plead not guilty to jihad plot charges

RALEIGH, N.C. - Five North Carolina menaccused of forming a local ring to plot Islamic holy warattacks entered not guilty pleas in federal court on Monday.

The men were among a group first indicted in 2009 forconspiracy to carry out acts of terrorism, including trainingfor and seeking to commit attacks in places like Kosovo, Jordanand the Gaza Strip.

The five who entered pleas on Monday are scheduled to standtrial in United States District Court in mid-September.

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