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Three Malian men arrested in 2009 on suspicion of international drug trafficking for al Qaeda were given light sentences because the judge believed the defendants were motivated by economic circumstances, not terrorist ideology. The government dropped narco-terrorism charges after the men pled guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group.
Four California men were arrested for planning to fight with the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan against the US. Sohiel Omar Kabir, a naturalized US citizen from Afghanistan, organized the terrorist training and travel plans for US residents Ralph Deleon and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales and US citizen Arifeen David Gojali. Kabir introduced the suspects to the doctrine of al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al Awlaki.
The CIA is launching an internal investigation into the conduct of David Petraeus when he was director of the agency. Adis Medunjanin, a US citizen from Bosnia who plotted with two other men to conduct suicide attacks on the New York subway system, was sentenced to life in prison.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress that he knew shortly after the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi that Ansar al Shariah and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb were involved; their names were later deleted from the CIA's report, however. The Treasury Department designated Mullah Naim Barich, the Taliban's shadow governor for Helmand province in Afghanistan, as an international drug trafficker.