Four-count indictment details plans for jihad
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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A federal grand jury in South Florida returned a four-count indictment Thursday against seven individuals arrested in an FBI antiterrorism sting operation. Click the subjects below for details in the indictment:
Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lygleson Lemorin and Rotschild Augustine are named in the indictment. All are accused of pledging allegiance to al Qaeda in an attempt to fight a holy war against the United States.
The suspects planned attacks against Chicago's Sears Tower, the tallest building in the United States, and FBI buildings in five cities. The Sears Tower was to have been the first target.
Two of the suspects, Batiste and Augustin, later provided an FBI informant with pictures and video of the Miami-Dade FBI building, federal justice building, federal detention center and the Miami-Dade Police Department.
The suspects asked an FBI informant whom they thought was an al Qaeda operative for $50,000 in cash, vehicles, uniforms, boots, machine guns, binoculars, cameras, bullet-proof vests and radios to wage jihad.
Batiste, described as the ringleader, also sought for his group to get al Qaeda training. (Watch how homegrown terrorism threatens U.S. -- 2:24)
The plan was launched around November 2005. Contact with the FBI informant was initiated about December 16, 2005.
The last contact noted was late May 2006, when Batiste told the informant problems within his organization were causing delays in the mission.
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