Two Indian brothers indicted in US for supporting Al-Qaida

CRIcgenIndian brothers Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37, and his brother Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, 36 , are among four men who have been indicted by a US federal court on charges of providing material support to slain Al-Qaida leader Anwar-al-Awlaki.

Farooq and Ibrahim also face an additional count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in terms of thousands of dollars.

The department of justice said Farooq was an engineering student at Ohio State University between 2002 and 2004. In 2008 he married a US citizen. His brother Ibrahim studied engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2001 through 2005. In 2006 he moved to Toledo, Ohio, and also married a US citizen. He became a lawful permanent resident of the US around 2007.

The four men conspired to provide money, equipment and other assistance to al-Awlaki, and communicated about raising funds for a trip to the Middle East. In 2009 Farooq travelled with two others to Yemen to meet al-Awlaki but they were unable to meet him so instead they travelled to Sana, Yemen, to meet with one of his associates.

They gave the associate some $22,000 to be given to al-Awlaki.