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Five Americans arrested in Pakistan don't fit typical profile

The five American Muslims arrested came from middle-class homes and were educated and assimilated – unlike other Americans arrested on terrorist-related charges.

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The arrest of five American Muslims in Pakistan for involvement in possible terrorist activities is challenging the US Muslim community in ways they may have not expected: It appears that some of their best and brightest may have been susceptible to recruitment efforts by international terrorist organizations.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the five men do not fit the typical profile of other Americans arrested on terrorist-related charges. These men came from middle-class homes and were educated and assimilated – unlike suspects such as David Coleman Headley, who was arraigned in Chicago this week for conspiracy in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and in a plot to attack a Danish newspaper. The five are also unlike a number of Somali men who left Minnesota over the past two years and are believed to have joined a terror group in Somalia.

One man in the latest case, Ramy Zamzam, attended the dental program at Howard University in Washington.

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