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Additions To Terrorists List

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, or F-B-I, has added six individuals to its "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, bringing the total to twenty-six. The list was established in October 2001, one month after terrorists cruelly murdered thousands when jets they hijacked struck the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Pentagon building outside Washington, DC.

The new additions to the list are Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah, Abd Al Aziz Awda, Khadafi Abubakar Janjalani, Isnilon Totoni Hapilon, Jainal Antel Sali, Jr., and Mohammed Ali Hamadei. Mr. Shallah and Mr. Awda have been indicted in the U.S. for their alleged involvement in racketeering activities for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a terror group with headquarters in Syria. Three others – Mr. Janjalani, Mr. Hapilon and Mr. Sali - are allegedly part of Abu Sayyaf, the terrorist organization responsible for the kidnapping and murder of foreign nationals in and around the Philippines. Mr. Hamadei, the sixth person added to the "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, faces indictment for his involvement in the June 14, 1985, hijacking of T-W-A flight 847, during which Robert Stethem, a U.S. Navy diver, was tortured and murdered.

In addition, the F.B.I. announced that three new people have been placed on its "Seeking Information – War on Terrorism" list. They are Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, an al-Qaida terrorist who is being sought in connection with attacks and threats in Iraq, and Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, wanted for questioning for committing terrorist attacks in Kenya in 2002. The third, Mohammad Top, is said to be a member of the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist group, involved in a series of bombings in Indonesia between 2002 and 2004.

All these people are wanted in connection with the brutal murder of innocent people. The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice program offers rewards ranging from five million to twenty-five million dollars for information leading to the capture of several of these terrorist suspects.

F-B-I Director Robert Mueller says the U.S. will continue to bring all necessary resources to bring the terrorists to justice. "The combined strength of law enforcement at home and abroad," he said, "will ensure success."

The preceding was an editorial reflecting the views of the United States Government.