Two Americans arrested on suspicion of terrorism

Two cousins were arrested Wednesday on charges of conspiring to commit terrorist acts against Americans overseas, including US military forces serving in Iraq. An indictment says Zubair A. Ahmed, 27, and Khaleel Ahmed, 26, both US citizens, conspired to find fresh recruits to wage "violent jihad" against Americans and locate sites for training them in the use of firearms, explosives and hand-to-hand combat. In early July 2004, the two men traveled to Cleveland to meet with a trainer and discuss possible training in the use of weapons, according to the indictment. Three others charged, Mohammad Zaki Amawi, 27, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, 42, and Wassim I. Mazloum, 22, were already facing other charges, prosecutors said. The Ahmeds were to appear before a federal magistrate judge Wednesday.