What is it about New Jersey? “Two New Jersey Men Plead Guilty to Trying to Join Al Qaeda Group,” from FoxNews.com, March 3 (thanks to Sr. Soph):
Two New Jersey men have pleaded guilty to charges that they tried to join an Al Qaeda-affiliated group overseas.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte entered into a packaged plea deal in a Newark federal courtroom Thursday.
They admitted to conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States by trying to join al-Shabab, a designated terrorist organization.
The 21-year-old Alessa, of North Bergen, was born in the United States and is the son of Palestinian immigrants. Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, is a naturalized citizen who was born in the Dominican Republic. Both are Muslim….
The New Jersey case is one of the first to tie both Anwar al-Awlaki, an American cleric and Al Qaeda operative in Yemen, and Omar Hammami, an American-born member of al-Shabab, to a single plot. Prosecutors allege that Alessa and Almonte were inspired while listening to videos from both Awlaki and al-Shabab….