Yemeni citizen pleads guilty to killing US soldiers in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A Yemeni nationalon Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges of murdering US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Ali Alvi al-Hamidi, 31, also pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to Al-Qaeda and receiving military training from the terror group.
The guilty plea took place before Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York. At sentencing, al-Hamidi faces a maximum of life imprisonment.
“Ali Alvi al-Hamidi went to the FATA to join al-Qaeda, received training from the terrorist organisation and later fought alongside the Taliban against coalition forces in Afghanistan,” said Assistant Attorney General John Carlin.
“With this plea, he will be held accountable for his terrorist activity, including conspiring to kill members of our military,” he added.
According to court papers, in early 2008, al-Hamidi travelled to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan to join al-Qaeda.
He received training in the use of weapons, explosives and detonators. During late spring and summer of 2008, he moved to Afghanistan to fightthe USforces there.
Al-Hamidi also aided Bryant Neal Vinas, a US citizen, in joining al-Qaeda. Vinas traveled to Pakistan from New York, hoping to fight against US forces in Afghanistan.
Vinas and senior al-Qaeda external operations leadership later devised a plan to conduct an attack on the Long Island Railroad in New York.
Vinas was arrested in 2008 before he could carry out this attack, and pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy to murder US nationals and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation.
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