Four charged with helping American al Qaeda


Four Ohioans were charged by the Justice Department on Thursday with financing a deceased Yemeni-American al Qaeda figure.

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37; Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 36; Asif Ahmed Salim, 35; and Sultane Room Salim, 40, were all indicted for conspiring to aid terrorists and obstructing justice in a four-count indictment unsealed on Thursday. The first two also face additional counts of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

They were charged with helping Anwar Al-Awlaki, an al Qaeda leader killed in a CIA drone strike in Yemen in 2011. He was the first American targeted by such a strike.