2 men from Yemen are charged in the US with joining al-Qaida to attack …

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2 Yemeni nationals charged in U.S. with joining al Qaeda.

Two alleged al-Qaeda operatives have been charged in a United States federal court with conspiring to kill American nationals, according to a complaint unsealed on Tuesday.Information from a Suffolk County – reared terrorist who plotted an attack on the Long Island Railroad has led to the capture of two Yemeni al Qaeda members who battled American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, federal prosecutors say in a new filing. Bryant Vinas, who was arrested in Pakistan and eventually pleaded guilty to supporting al Qaeda in 2009, told agents that hardened terrorists Saddiq Al-Abbadi and Ali Alvi helped him join the group after befriending him in Pakistan, the Brooklyn federal court papers state.

Justice Department officials said on Tuesday they brought terrorism charges against two Yemeni men, who were arrested in Saudi Arabia, in federal court in Brooklyn. Both Al-Abbadi and Alvi treaveled to Pakistan to fight and train with al-Qaeda in March 2008, prosecutors said, and Al-Abbadi fought against the U.S. military in Iraq as well. The Medford man traveled to Pakistan seeking to join a l Qaeda in 2007 and stayed in a series of safe houses where he tried to gain the trust of the terror group’s skeptical soldiers. Prosecutors charge that both men took part in attacks on U.S. military forces in 2008 and also received al Qaeda training during a trip to Pakistan that year, Reuters reported.

Lynch, the Obama administration’s nominee to be the next attorney general, said the two men provided material support to al Qaeda and conspired to kill U.S. citizens abroad. Vinas persisted and eventually ran into Alvi and Al-Abbadi at a different safe house in January 2008 where both men were carrying Kalashnikov rifle s. The complaint also alleges that a second confidential source who traveled from Saudi Arabia to Iran and then to Pakistan corroborated information about the two Yemeni defendants. They showed the Long Islander videos of jihadist operations and Al-Abbadi boasted of a bullet wound he sustained in a gun fight with U.S. mercenary forces.

Attorney Loretta Lynch said. “Al-Abbadi and Alvi may have operated in the mountains of Afghanistan, but now they face justice in a courtroom in Brooklyn.”

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