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U.S. Charges Al-Qaeda Suspect With Aiding Attack In Afghanistan

U.S. prosecutors have filed new charges against a man believed to have trained in Pakistan with Al-Qaeda, accusing him of involvement in a 2009 attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

According to an indictment filed on January 6, Muhanad Mahmoud al-Farekh helped prepare explosive devices for use in the attack by suicide bombers driving two vehicles.

Prosecutors said one of the drivers detonated his device, but the other did not. Farekh's fingerprints were found on packing tape for the second, unexploded device.

Texas-born Farekh, a U.S. citizen, was charged with providing material support to Al-Qaeda and using explosives.

He also faces six counts of conspiracy to murder Americans, use a weapon of mass destruction, bomb a government facility, and aid Al-Qaeda.

The court documents did not identify the U.S. base, but it is believed to be one in Khost City near Pakistan.

Also known as Abdullah al-Shami, Farekh had been detained in Pakistan prior to being flown to New York to be tried.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters

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