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Sixth Man Pleads Guilty to Al Qaeda Training

The last of a group of six men accused of attending an Al Qaeda training camp months before 9/11 pleaded guilty today, marking a victory for federal prosecutors who argued that going to the camp in Afghanistan was enough to constitute illegal support for terrorism. Mukhtar al-Bakri, 23, acknowledged in United States District Court here that he had attended the Al Farooq training camp along with other men from a Yemenite neighborhood in Lackawanna, a city just south of here. Mr. Bakri said that during several weeks at the camp, they received training in firearms, explosives and camouflage techniques, and also heard a speech by Osama bin Laden threatening America and Israel. Mr. Bakri told Judge William M. Skretny that he had had a brief, personal conversation with Mr. bin Laden. “I just told him I am over here without my parents knowing,” Mr. Bakri said. He said Mr. bin Laden suggested that he write home. “Osama bin Laden told you to send a letter that you were O.K.?” Judge Skretny asked. “Yes, your honor,” Mr. Bakri said. Full Story

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