U.S. Muslims Face Terrorism Charges in Pakistan

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Terrorism charges have been filed against five young American Muslims arrested in Pakistan.

The men -- all in their late teens and early 20s -- plead not guilty to five charges for planning attacks against Pakistan and its allies and funding jihadist groups.

One of the charges carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to defense lawyer Hasan Dastagir. The court also charged them for planning attacks on U.S. and Afghan soil.

The suspects left their Washington, D.C.-area homes last November to travel to Pakistan. They were arrested in December.

Pakistani police have publicly accused the suspects of contacting Pakistani-based jihad groups and using sites like Facebook and YouTube while in the U.S. to connect with extremist groups in Pakistan.

The men claim they have been tortured by police and FBI agents while in custody.

Their trial is set to begin March 31.

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