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New York Man Admits to Attending Al Qaeda Camp

A day after a co-defendant pleaded guilty, another of the six men charged last fall with aiding Al Qaeda admitted today that he attended a Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan a few months before the Sept. 11 attacks. The suspect, Yahya Goba, 26, pleaded guilty today in Federal District Court to one count of providing material assistance to a terrorist group, the same charge his co-defendant, Shafal Mosed, pleaded guilty to on Monday, as part of a deal with prosecutors. Last fall, federal prosecutors accused Mr. Goba, Mr. Mosed and four other Yemeni-American men from Lackawanna, a city just south of Buffalo, of attending the Qaeda camp, Al Farooq, in the spring and summer of 2001. The charge, the lesser of two in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury after the arrest of the men on Sept. 13, 2002, carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. While Mr. Mosed’s lawyer and prosecutors agreed to recommend an eight-year sentence as part of their plea agreement, Mr. Goba’s deal calls for the maximum, as well as for his cooperation with investigators. Full Story

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