April 30th, 2010
03:58 PM ET

2 arrested on terror charges in New York

[Updated at 3:57 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 1:41 p.m.] The two  suspects, identified as Wesam El-Hanafi and Sabirhan Hasanoff, both U.S. citizens, were indicted for allegedly conspiring to provide computer advice and assistance and other material support to al Queda, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement Friday afternoon.

They are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia at 3 p.m. Friday.

[Published at 1:13 p.m.] Investigators have arrested two New York men for allegedly providing material support to al Qaeda overseas, a federal law enforcement source said Friday.

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  1. Carl

    Since most memebrs of Islam have "arabic" sounding names, even converts, there is no way to tell, without a photo, whether they are Arabian, German, Indoesian, or Thai.

    That said, supporters of Al Q'aida will eventually realize that the U.S. regulary monitors computer communication for indicators, and that we will find them. I'd be interested in reading the U.S. attorney's filing to wee what it was that got them noticed, as are some other more sinister folk out there.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. caucasian

    No, these names do not sound Arabic. Maybe the first, although El-Hanafi is like "The Catholic" or "The Baptist" since it is a reference to a particular branch of Islam and could be born by any Muslim. Hasanoff sounds on the other hand very much like Northern Caucasus, Chechnya or Dagestan or whatever. Such Russified Muslim names are characteristic for that region.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. D2

    If we rounded up ALL the lousy Arab Muslims in the USA and put them on a boat back to the fatherland, we would be a better country. Or, we could put the boat off the coast about 100 miles and let the navy practice bombing and torpedo games.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lIIlI

    Execute 'em first then ask questions later. After al, 'tis better to ask forgiveness later than permission first.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    ...and to think, I came to CNN hoping to find intelligent and informative comments from the readers. Fail.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. alcida

    i think we should all work together to end world hunger

    April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobster

    LOOK AT IT THIS WAY: ANYONE WHO BEATS THEIR WOMEN AND SCREWS THEIR CAMELS CAN'T BE ALL BAD.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ECK

    I thought we should be thanking the investigators who caught these guys, doing all the best they can to protect us. Instead we are recial profiling. The names don't really matter. The story reads, both are US citizens. Now the issue is we have to watch our backs. We suppose to be protecting ourselves instead of turning into terrorists.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RAS

    This is just racial profiling. Why aren't there any white people named with them??

    Posted by: bob

    BOB YOU'RE AN IDIOT!

    April 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Moe

    If found guily, they should face the maximum sentence possible. Another solution will be to feed the lions with their body.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Coptic

    Christians in Egypt – many of whom have Arabic-sounding names – have been suffering at the hands of "Arabs," i.e., muslims for years. The rest of the world is just getting familiar with the persecution and backwards mentality that has plagued Egypt for years.

    Remember, not all Egyptians are Muslims, some are christians whose ancestors date back to the time of the Pharoahs. These christians are the true Egyptians. They are called Coptics and they love America with all their hearts!

    April 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lIIlI

    @ Moe, actually a much cheaper solution for the tax-payers is to load em up onto rafts, take 'em out the middle of the oil spill and... "oops, I think I accidently dropped that lit match."

    April 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bob

    we(my imaginary friend and i) strongly agree on the comment above so does george my other imaginary friend.
    amen alcida

    April 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. harry

    i have an imaginary frind two hes naem is bilybobjoe

    April 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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