According to a statement from the department, the defendants were formally charged by a grand jury last Wednesday, Jul 22 and were arrested by federal police on Monday, Jul 27.
They will face a complex set of charges, with all being accused of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and injure person abroad. They will face life imprisonment if convicted.
US attorney George Holding said, "These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home."
The oldest member of the group, Daniel Boyd, is accused of travelling to Afghanistan and Pakistan between 1989 and 1992 for 'military-style training in terrorist training camps for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad.'