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Al-Qaeda Operative Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Kill Americans Overseas

A "high-level" operative of Al-Qaeda who fought against U.S. military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan pleaded guilty on May 26 to conspiring to kill Americans overseas.

Saddiq al-Abbadi, 40, admitted to conspiring to murder U.S. nationals abroad and conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Abbadi, who faces up to life in prison, told the court that "I and others agreed to provide material support to Al-Qaeda."

Sentencing is scheduled for September 25.

Prosecutors say Abbadi fought against U.S. military forces in Iraq between 2003 and 2007, before traveling with a co-conspirator, Ali Alvi Al-Hamidi, to Pakistan in 2008 to train and fight with Al-Qaeda.

"The defendant was a high-level Al-Qaeda operative with ties to the terrorist group's senior leadership in both Pakistan and Yemen," said the acting U.S. attorney for the eastern district of New York, Kelly Currie.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters