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Two Former Ohio State Students Charged With Supporting Terrorists


Two former Ohio State University students and two other men are charged with providing money and support to terrorists trying to attack U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys in northern Ohio say 37 year old Farooq Mohammad, his brother Ibrahim Mohammad, along with Asif Salim, and his brother Sultane Salim face charges related to providing money, equipment and other assistance to a key leader of Al Qaeda.

Farooq Mohammad studied engineering at Ohio State from 2002 to 2004.

Asif Salim was also an Ohio State student from 2000 to 2005.  His brother Sultane had moved to the Columbus area in 2012.

According to allegations in the indictment, Farooz Mohammad, Ibrahim Mohammad, Asif Salim and Sultane Salim provided money, equipment and other assistance to Anwar Al-Awlaki a key leader in the Arabian Peninsula.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.