2 terrorism suspects plead not guilty in Conn.

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FILE - This Friday, April 30, 2004 file photo shows Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, as he arrives with a masked bodyguard, right, to conduct Friday prayers in the street outside the closed Finsbury Park Mosque in London.  A British court is expected to rule on whether extremist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is too ill to be extradited to the United States to face terror charges. London's High Court is set to decide Friday Oct. 5, 2012 whether al-Masri and other terror suspects can be sent to the U.S. to face charges that include helping set up a terrorist training camp in rural Oregon. (AP Photo/Max Nash, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Two men extradited from Britain have pleaded not guilty in a Connecticut court to federal charges that they provided terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya with cash, recruits and equipment.

Babar Hamad and Syed Talha Ahsan appeared in federal district court in New Haven on Saturday. They are jailed until trial.

Their attorneys declined to comment after the arraignment. If convicted, the men could face life sentences.

They are accused of running websites to recruit for the al-Qaida network, Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime and Chechen rebels.

They will be tried in Connecticut, where an Internet service provider was allegedly used to run the websites.

The men arrived in the U.S. early Saturday after yearslong extradition fights in England. Three other suspects are to be arraigned Saturday in New York.

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