A North Carolina jury convicted three men Thursday for plotting to commit jihad overseas or providing material support to terrorists.
The guilty verdicts for Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi and Hysen Sherifi, combined with guilty pleas by ringleader Daniel Patrick Boyd and his sons Dylan and Zakaria, ends a saga of a group which considered domestic terrorist attacks when their attempts to fight abroad were stymied.
Daniel Patrick Boyd traveled to Virginia to scout the Marine Corps base at Quantico for a possible attack.
It also marks another successful prosecution facilitated by recordings by an FBI informant. In this case, jurors heard and saw the conspirators, usually led by the elder Boyd,
The group also engaged in shooting practice and hid a cache of weapons under Boyd's home. Boyd, a convert to Islam, joined the mujahideen fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. He encouraged followers to travel abroad to wage jihad, pointing in a June 2009 conversation to the conflict between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. "Those Indians will run for their lives when the real mujahideen come," Boyd said. "You can't imagine, man, when one day the brothers for the Shahada [martyrdom] are coming after you."
A seventh defendant, Anes Subasic, will be tried separately. Two other men named in the indictment remain abroad.
Hassan, who was acquitted of the conspiracy charge, faces up to 15 years in prison. Yaghi and Sherifi could be sentenced to life.