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Fifth member of alleged sleeper cell pleads guilty

A fifth member of an alleged terrorist sleeper cell in a Buffalo suburb pleaded guilty Monday to supporting terrorism. Yasein Taher, 25, admitted learning to fire guns and grenade launchers at an al Qaida camp in Afghanistan months before the Sept. 11 attacks. Taher, acting against his attorney’s advice, became the fifth member of a group of six Yemeni-Americans to enter a plea agreement with the government in the case. He is expected to receive an eight-year prison term when he is sentenced in September. Prosecutors said Taher trained at the Afghan camp and was a member of a sleeper cell, a team of trained terrorists who lie dormant until called to action. The other men, Faysal Galab, 27, Shafal Mosed, 24, Sahim Alwan, 30, and Yahya Goba, 26, also have been offered sentences of between seven and 10 years. In all cases, the sentences are contingent upon their cooperation in this and future terrorism investigations. Full Story

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