Two brothers in Ohio took a plea bargain in a terror-financing caseand admitted that they sent $17,000 to an al-Qaeda leader who they knew was planning attacks, reportedABC News.
Asif Salim, 37, and Sultane Salim, 43, collected money through fake credit card transactions as well as other means. They ultimately raised $30,000 for American al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was linked to a number of terror attacks against American and other Western targets.
Sultane contributed $15,000 to the effort and his brother Asif gave $2,000. Asif had formerly attended Ohio State University.
The brothers face up to eight years in prison each.
Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
The brothers had two other partners in the scheme: Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, an Indian citizen, who also pleaded guilty to the same charges, and his brother,Yahya Farooq Mohammad, who was already sentenced to 27 years in prison for not only supporting terrorism but trying to kill the federal judge hearing his case.
Yahya Farooq Mohammad actually traveled to Yemen to deliver $22,000, equipment and other assistance to al-Awlaki. He came to the U.S. as an engineering student and also attended Ohio State University. He married an American and settled in the U.S.
When Mohammed found out that U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary was assigned to his case, he arranged a hit on the judge from jail for $15,000. However, the hitman he solicited was an an undercover FBI agent.