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Al-Qaeda Operative Pleads Guilty       05/27 06:18

   NEW YORK (AP) -- An al-Qaeda operative has pleaded guilty to terrorism 

   Saddiq al-Abbadi pleaded guilty Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court to 
conspiracy to murder American troops abroad and to providing material support 
to a terrorist group.

   He admitted he "fought in Iraq between 2005 and 2009 against the United 
States of America with the intention to hurt, wound or kill these forces." He 
also admitted to being a member of al-Qaeda.

   Prosecutors say that in 2008 he led attacks against American troops in which 
one Army Ranger was killed.

   Prosecutors say he also helped a Long Island man, Bryant Vinas, secure 
membership in al-Qaeda. Vinas was arrested for plotting an attack on the Long 
Island Railroad and later became a cooperating government witness.

   Al-Abbadi is set to be sentenced Sept. 25.


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