Al-Qaeda Man Indicted in Bush Assassination Plot

(AP/Washington Post) Matthew Barakat - A man accused of plotting to assassinate President Bush was indicted Thursday on additional charges; prosecutors now say he also planned to establish an al-Qaeda cell in the U.S. Prosecutors say Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 24, of Falls Church, Va., joined al-Qaeda in 2002 while studying in Saudi Arabia and that he discussed possible terrorist operations, including a plot to kill Bush either by shooting or by a suicide bombing. Thursday's indictment includes new details, including an alleged plan to smuggle Saudi al-Qaeda members into the U.S. through Mexico, where they would join Abu Ali as part of an al-Qaeda cell dedicated to terrorist acts. According to the indictment, Abu Ali also guarded an al-Qaeda safe house in Saudi Arabia in May 2003 and translated materials from English to Arabic for al-Qaeda. Abu Ali was arrested by the Saudis in June 2003 and held for nearly two years before he was brought back to the U.S. in February to face charges.

2005-09-09 00:00:00

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