NEW YORK (AP) - An American student arrested last year in London on allegations of providing al-Qaida fighters with equipment to attack American soldiers was in federal custody Saturday.
Syed Hashmi, 27, arrived in the U.S. late Friday, said U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia. Hashmi is the first terror suspect extradited to the United States by British authorities.
Hashmi, known to his associates as "Fahad," was indicted in May 2006 on charges of supplying the unspecified equipment for al-Qaida "to fight against United States forces in Afghanistan."
He was also charged with agreeing to help others provide military gear for al-Qaida to use in Pakistan, the indictment said. The conspiracy to support the terrorist group behind the World Trade Center attack operated between January 2004 and May 2006, the indictment said.
"Syed Hashmi aided the enemy by providing military gear to al-Qaida," said Mark Mershon, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI's New York office.
The former Queens resident faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges in the three-count indictment, including the top count of conspiring to contribute funds, goods or services to the terrorist group.
Law enforcement officials said Hashmi was associated with another Queens man, Mohammed Junaid Babar, who pleaded guilty in August 2004 to smuggling night-vision goggles, money and military supplies to an al-Qaida official establishing a "jihad training camp" in Pakistan. The Hashmi indictment referred to the prior arrest of an unidentified co-conspirator.
Apparently the extremist Islamic group nabbed today in the UK is operating right here in America. The British police Arrested 6 Terror Suspects here. Apparently, one of the terrorists, Izzadeen, 31, is the spokesman for the al-Ghurabaa group, which the government banned in July (al-Ghurabaa group is al-Muhajiroun) These are the same barbarians that disrupted a meeting between Reid and Muslim leaders in London, where Reid had called to ask Muslim parents to look out for signs in their children of brainwashing by extremists.
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