Eleven men were arrested in northern Virginia on suspicions they were a militant jihadist network that planned to train at terrorist camps abroad. Four of the 11 pleaded guilty. They were found to have connections with Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and Lashkar-i-Taiba, a terrorist group that targets the Indian government. Authorities said the men had used paint ball games to train and prepare for battle, as well as surveillance and night vision equipment and wireless video cameras. Nine of the 11 are US citizens.
Ali al-Timimi, said to be group's spiritual leader, was found guilty of soliciting individuals to assault the US and was sentenced to life in prison.
Ali Asad Chandia received 15 years for supporting Lashkar-i-Taiba.
Randoll Todd Royer, Ibrahim al-Hamdi, Yong Ki Kwon, Khwaja Mahmood Hasan, Muhammed Aatique, and Donald Surratt pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison. Masoud Khan, Seifullah Chapman, and Hammad Adur-Raheem were found guilty at trial. Khan was sentenced to life in prison plus six years. Chapman got 85 years, and Abdur-Raheem was sentenced to eight years.
Dhiren Barot – August 2004