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Field News Press Release
For Immediate Release
October 4, 2002Portland, OR
(503) 552-5238
The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force includes members from: Portland
Police Bureau; Beaverton Police Department; Oregon State Police; the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Drug Enforcement
Administration; the Immigration and Naturalization Service; the Internal
Revenue Service; the U.S. Postal Service; the U.S. Secret Service; the
U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the U.S.
Customs Service.
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Field News Press Release
For Immediate Release
October 4, 2002Portland, OR
(503) 552-5238

FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force Arrests Four on Terrorism Charges
Two Others Who Were Indicted Are Now Fugitives
United States Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today that Federal
Bureau of Investigation agents and members of Joint Terrorism Task Forces
have arrested four people on charges of aiding and, in some cases, trying
to join Al-Qaida fighters. Joining Mr. Ashcroft were FBI Director Robert
S. Mueller and United States Attorney for the District of Oregon Michael
Mosman. FBI Special Agent in Charge Charles Mathews III, joined by members
of the JTTF, made the announcement in Portland, Oregon.
On Thursday, October 3, 2002, a federal grand jury in Portland, Oregon,
indicted JEFFREY LEON BATTLE aka Ahmad Ali and Abu Isa, PATRICE LUMUMBA
FORD aka Lumumba, AHMED IBRAHIM BILAL, MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM BILAL, HABIS
ABDULLA AL SAOUB aka Abu Tarek, and OCTOBER MARTINIQUE LEWIS aka Khadijah.
An indictment is a formal method of bringing charges, and all defendants
are presumed innocent until proven guilty. All six people face the
following charges:
Conspiracy to Levy War Against the United States
Conspiracy to Provide Material Support and Resources to Al-Qaida
Conspiracy to Contribute Services to Al-Qaida and the Taliban
BATTLE, FORD, AL SAOUB and A. BILAL each face a fourth charge:
Possessing Firearms in Furtherance of Crimes of Violence
FBI agents and the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force took BATTLE, age
32; FORD, age 31; and LEWIS, age 25, into custody at approximately 6:00
a.m. today. BATTLE and LEWIS were arrested at their home located at 9871
SW 35th, #32, Portland. FORD was arrested at his home located at 3132 SW
Marigold, #15, Portland.
Simultaneously, the Detroit FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested
MUHAMMAD BILAL, age 22, in Dearborn, Michigan. All arrests were without
incident. AHMED BILAL, age 24, and AL SAOUB, age 36, are fugitives, and
efforts are underway to locate them.

AHMED BILALAL SAOUB
FUGITIVES

The indictment alleges that all six members of this group conspired with
each other to levy war against the U.S. It was part of the conspiracy that
members would travel to Afghanistan to join Al-Qaida and Taliban forces in
the jihad and to take up arms against U.S. and allied military forces.
The indictment alleges that in or about the summer of 2001, FORD, M.
BILAL, and A. BILAL engaged in physical training to prepare to fight a
jihad. It says that in late September 2001, BATTLE, FORD, A. BILAL, M.
BILAL, and AL SAOUB along with unindicted co-conspirator KHALED ALI
STEITIYE and others, conducted firearms training at a location in
Washougal, Washington. The weapons used included a 12 gauge Remington
shotgun, a Chinese SKS assault rifle, and semiautomatic pistols. The
indictment also alleges that BATTLE enlisted in the United States Army
Reserve to receive training in U.S. military tactics and weapons. He was
administratively discharged from the military in January 2002.
The indictment goes on to allege that on October 17, 2001, BATTLE and AL
SAOUB departed the Portland International Airport enroute to Afghanistan.
It says that on October 20, 2001, FORD, M. BILAL and A. BILAL departed the
Portland International Airport enroute to Afghanistan.
The indictment alleges that between October 2001 and January 2002, LEWIS
wired a series of money orders to BATTLE in China and Bangladesh, knowing
that the money was going to be used to support BATTLE'S attempt to enter
Afghanistan to fight for Al-Qaida. In November 2001 and January 2002, FORD
wired money to Al SAOUB in China.

Three of the five men who left the country have returned. FORD returned to
the U.S. on or about November 19, 2001. M. BILAL returned to the U.S. on
or about December 24, 2001. BATTLE returned to the U.S. on or about
February 5, 2002.
With the exception of AL SAOUB, all those indicted are American citizens
born in the United States. AL SAOUB is a lawful permanent resident in the
U.S. who was born in Jordan.
If convicted, the defendants could face the following sentences:
Conspiracy to Levy War: 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Foreign Terrorist
Organizations: 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
Conspiracy to Contribute Services to Al-Qaida and Taliban: 10 years in
prison and a $250,000 fine
Possessing Firearms in Furtherance of Crimes of Violence: 5 years to
life in prison and a $250,000 fine
BATTLE, FORD, and LEWIS will make their initial appearance before United
States Magistrate Janice Stewart in U.S. District Court in Portland at
3:00 p.m. today. M. BILAL will make his initial appearance in U.S.
District Court in Detroit at 10 a.m. (Pacific) today.
Assistant United States Attorneys Charles F. Gorder, Jr., Pam Holsinger,
and David Atkinson are prosecuting this case.
The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force includes members from: Portland
Police Bureau; Beaverton Police Department; Oregon State Police; the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the Drug Enforcement
Administration; the Immigration and Naturalization Service; the Internal
Revenue Service; the U.S. Postal Service; the U.S. Secret Service; the
U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the U.S.
Customs Service.
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