Two New Jersey men arrested in terror probe


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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say two New Jersey men who intended to kill American troops were arrested at a New York City
airport before boarding flights on their way to join a jihadist group in Somalia.

Federal authorities say 20-year-old Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and 24-year-old Carlos Eduardo Almonte were arrested Saturday at John F. Kennedy Airport before they could board separate flights to Egypt and then continue on to Somalia.

Alessa, of North Bergen, and Almonte, of Elmwood Park, were charged with conspiring to commit an act of international

Teams of state and federal law enforcement agents who have been investigating the pair since 2006 took them into custody.
Authorities say the two had recorded talking about jihad with an undercover New York police officer.

They are scheduled to appear Monday in federal court in Newark.