Toledo's Arab Community Called "Crucial" to Terrorism Investigation

TOLEDO -- The US attorney general's office is crediting the local Arab community for their help in the arrest of three Toledo-area men on terrorism-related charges. The charges were announced by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday.

According to the indictment, the suspects are Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum. Prosecutors say the three conspired to wage a "holy war" against the United States and coalition forces in the Middle East.  Amawi is also indicted for making threats against the President of the United States, and distributing bomb-making equipment.

At the news conference, FBI Special Agent Ted Wasky called the local Arab community "crucial" to the investigation. He said individuals within Toledo's Muslim community contacted the FBI about what he termed the "violent and radical views" the suspects were articulating.

"They are the ones who deserve the most credit," Wasky said. "The ability to prevent another terrorist attack cannot be won without the support that the community gave."

Law enforcement and public safety leaders from Toledo were also present at the news conference. The FBI says they, too played a significant role in helping with the case.