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New terrorism charges have been brought against two U.S. citizens accused of trying to assist al-Qaida.
New terrorism charges have been brought against two U.S. citizens accused of trying to aid al-Qaida.
Fresh charges including providing material support to al-Qaida and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act were in a superseding indictment announced Tuesday.
"Today's additional charges against El-Hanafi and Hasanoff underscore our Office's commitment to cutting off homegrown support for al-Qaida and other foreign-based terrorist groups that target the United States," he said.
Both men, residents of Brooklyn, are accused of aiding al-Qaida since 2008 with money and computer skills.
Prosecutors say El-Hanafi went to Yemen and helped teach al-Qaida how to communicate on the Internet without being detected.
If convicted on all counts, the men could each face a maximum of 70 years in prison.
Both men have pleaded not guilty. They will be arraigned on the new charges September 16.