2 From Yemen Charged in US With Conspiracy to Kill Americans – ABC News
Two men from Yemen who trained with al-Qaida to fight U.S. forces helped an American they befriended join the terror group, clearing the way for him to hatch a plot against the Long Island Rail Road, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Saddiq Al-Abbadi and Ali Alvi were captured in Saudi Arabia before being brought to the United States to face charges of conspiracy to kill Americans and providing material support to al-Qaida.
Alvi, 30, was to appear Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Al-Abbadi, 36, had an appearance Sunday. The names of their lawyers weren’t immediately available.
Court papers allege the men traveled to Pakistan in 2008 to get military training from al-Qaida before fighting against U.S. troops in Afghanistan. While in Pakistan, they met Long Island native Bryant Neil Vinas and used their connections to help him join the terror group, the papers say.
“Ultimately, Vinas developed a plan with senior al-Qaida external operations leadership to conduct an attack on the Long Island Rail Road in New York,” they say. The plot was never carried out.
After his capture, Vinas pleaded guilty in 2009 and agreed to cooperate against terror defendants in U.S. cases.