Riverside County man accused in terror plot

Riverside man, one of four accused of plotting to bomb government facilities and public places

POSTED: 06:07 AM PST Nov 20, 2012    UPDATED: 06:17 AM PST Nov 20, 2012 
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LOS ANGELES -

Federal authorities say four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
    
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the defendants were arrested for plotting to bomb government facilities and public places. They include a man who served in the U.S. Air Force.
    
According to a federal complaint unsealed Monday during initial appearances, 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir introduced two other California men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al-Qaida leader.
    
Kabir served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001. Authorities say he went to Afghanistan and communicated with the other two - 23-year-old Ralph Deleon and 21-year-old Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales - so he could arrange for their travel to join him and meet with his contacts for terror organizations.
    
They later recruited 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali.
    
The complaint says Deleon and Santana told an FBI source of their plans to engage in "violent jihad."