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U.S. Arrests 6 on Terror Charges

October 4, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Authorities arrested six men Friday in Oregon and Michigan on charges they conspired to wage war on the United States and provide support to al-Qaida.

Attorney General John Ashcroft, announcing the arrests at a Justice Department news conference, called it a ``defining day″ in the fight against terrorism.

Ashcroft noted the sentencing in federal court Friday of John Walker Lindh and the guilty plea in Boston from accused shoe-bomber Richard Reid.

One of the six men arrested Friday had U.S. military training, the attorney general said.

Court records unsealed Friday said the six men traveled to Afghanistan for training.

The arrests, Ashcroft said, represent ``a texbook example″ of cooperation among federal, state and local authorities in the war against terrorism.

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