[ISN] Webmaster held on terror charges
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By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
August 6, 2004
The publisher of two pro-jihad Web sites has been arrested in London
on suspicion of terrorism-related activities, U.S. investigators said
Babar Ahmad, 30, was remanded in custody by a London magistrates court
on Friday on a U.S. extradition warrant. American authorities are
seeking to try Ahmad on five federal charges, including material
support of terrorism and prohibited support of the Taliban, according
to a U.S. Department of Justice official.
If found guilty, Ahmad would face more than 20 years in federal
Ahmad is accused of raising money for Islamic militants through two
American-based Web sites that he operated, Azzam.com and Qoqaz.net.
Azzam was hosted by Internet service providers in Nevada and
Connecticut, and Qoqaz was run outside the United States, the Justice
Ahmad hid his connection to the sites using encrypted data and
aliases, such as the name of his college roommate, according to a
37-page affidavit outlining the charges that was filed this week in
U.S. District Court in Connecticut.
Between Feb. 29, 2000, and Dec. 17, 2001, both Web sites urged Muslims
to "use every means at their disposal to undertake military and
physical training for jihad" and told them to take up physical and
firearms training, the Justice Department said. The sites also
provided "explicit instructions" about how to raise funds and deliver
them to the Taliban. It directed couriers to carry letters saying the
money they carried was from charitable donations in the United States,
the agency said.
U.S. investigators said they have uncovered e-mails on an Azzam
account that link Ahmad to an unnamed Chechen Mujahedeen leader
suspected of taking part in a Moscow theater attack in October 2002.
In addition, they found an e-mail message dated July 2001 from a U.S.
Naval enlistee on active duty that "expressed anti-American sentiment
and offered praise for the Mujahedeen," the Justice Department said.
British authorities had apparently been investigating Ahmad since
2003, when they recovered authentic U.S. naval battle plans while
searching a location connected to the Web site publisher. Among other
things, the documents describe the naval battle group's vulnerability
to specific types of terrorist attacks, the Justice Department said.
"Communications without intelligence is noise; Intelligence
without communications is irrelevant." Gen Alfred. M. Gray, USMC
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