The 21st Century Phenomenon



* Ahmed Ibrahim  Bilal was born in 1978, his younger brother Muhammad was born two years later in 1980.

On 09/29/2001, just after The 9/11, the brothers Ahmed & Muhammad Ibrahim  Bilal and 5 others were discovered while engaged in shooting practice in a gravel pit in Skamania County, Washington, and their name was reported to the FBI. The seven got later the nick name the Portland Seven.  

On 10/20/2001, the brothers Ahmed & Muhammad Ibrahim  Bilal, along with Patrice Lumumba Ford,  left the USA and headed to Afghanistan, following their cell leader Habis Abdulla al Saoub , via Jordan and China, in order to join the Taliban. Lacking visas and other documents, they were turned back. Ahmed & Muhammad Ibrahim  Bilal returned to USA, on 11/19/2001, with Patrice Lumumba Ford. 

Ahmed Ibrahim  Bilal had registered for an Islamic religious course in the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, and moved on to South Asia in 01/2002. 

* Muhammad Ibrahim  Bilal was arrested in Michigan along with three other Portland Seven cell members on 10/04/2002. Ahmed Ibrahim  Bilal was arrested a few days later in Malaysia and extradited back to USA. They were indicted of traveling overseas in a conspiracy to wage war against the United States, provide material support and resources to Al Qaeda and contribute services to Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

After their arrest the brothers Ahmed & Muhammad Ibrahim  Bilal have agreed to accept responsibility for their criminal conduct and cooperate completely and truthfully with the government’s criminal and terrorism investigations, including at grand juries, hearings, trials and military commissions.

On 12/02/2003 Muhammad Ibrahim  Bilal received, in a plea bargain, eight-year sentence, while Ahmed Ibrahim Bilal got ten years.


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