Dana Feldman
December 20, 2012

Four California men accused of plotting to join al Qaeda militants for training in Afghanistan appeared together in federal court for the first time on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges they conspired to support terrorists.

The Afghan-born accused ringleader, Sohiel Omar Kabir, 35, was captured in Afghanistan last month, a day after three younger co-defendants were arrested by federal agents outside of Los Angeles.

The group, all U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are accused of planning to unleash a campaign of “violent jihad” against U.S. military forces and other Americans overseas, in a case based largely on the work of a paid FBI informant.

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