An American citizen was discovered responsible Friday of conspiring to help al Qaeda and to bomb a U.S. navy base in Afghanistan.
Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, 31, may face life in jail after a federal jury Brooklyn, New York, convicted him on 9 counts, together with conspiracy to homicide U.S. nationals and to use a weapon of mass destruction. His sentencing is ready for January 11.
Federal prosecutors claimed Al Farekh was a member of the fear group from 2007 to 2014. Court papers detailed his alleged participation in the January 2009 assault on a U.S. navy set up in Khost, Afghanistan, the place a truck armed with explosives blew up on the gate of the bottom and a second truck was ready to do extra hurt.
“The trial evidence showed that he was involved in a variety of terrorist activity,” performing Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente mentioned after the decision was rendered.
Al Farekh was born in Houston and grew up in Dubai. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he attended the University of Manitoba in Canada between 2005 and 2007, and there turned pals with co-conspirators — and later fellow al Qaeda members — Ferid Imam and Maiwand Yar.
According to court docket paperwork, Al Farekh left to prepare in Pakistan after he watched movies encouraging violent jihad and on-line lectures by the now-deceased al Qaeda chief Anwar al-Awlaki, who “inspired numerous terrorist plots against Western targets.”
The plan in the 2009 Afghanistan assault, court docket information present, evidently was for the primary truck to explode on the gate to the bottom whereas a second truck, following intently, carried “significantly more explosive ordinance” and was supposed to detonate inside to “maximize casualties and damage.”
The second automobile bought caught in the crater attributable to the explosion of the primary and didn’t detonate. Several Afghan nationals had been injured, and a U.S. soldier was knocked to the bottom. Eighteen fingerprints collected from packing tape used to bind collectively the explosive supplies matched to Al Farekh.