4 charged in Germany with backing Syrian rebel organization

BERLIN (AP) — German federal prosecutors say they have filed terrorism charges against four men on allegations they supported an ultraconservative Syrian rebel organization, Ahrar al-Sham.

Prosecutors said Thursday that Lebanese nationals Kassem El R., 32 and Hassan A.S., 29, German Nuran B., 49, and Ali F., 30, who has dual Lebanese-German citizenship, have been charged with supporting a foreign terrorist organization. Last names weren’t given in line with German regulations.

Three of the men are accused of organizing 130,000 euros ($145,000) worth of military parkas, boots and shirts in 2013 for the group. Ali F. is accused of helping Kassem El R. deliver the goods to Syria through Turkey, and of providing the group with two radio scanners. Kassem El R. also allegedly provided five used ambulances.

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