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Federal officials arrested two associates of an Afghan immigrant who was charged last fall with conspiring to carry out bombings in the U.S., part of what authorities have called an al Qaeda cell.
Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay, both of New York City, are being held, pending charges, as part of "an ongoing investigation" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City.
The two New York men were taken into custody Thursday, on the same day that Pres
Rick Nelson, director of the Homeland Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the case is "probably the most serious threat that we've had to the United States in a long time, since September 11."