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Trucker Pleads Guilty in Plot By Al Qaeda

An Ohio truck driver who met with Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda leaders plotted to bring down New York’s Brooklyn Bridge and launch a simultaneous unspecified attack in Washington as recently as a few months ago, according to officials and court papers unsealed yesterday. Iyman Faris, a Kashmiri-born naturalized American citizen who is in federal custody, pleaded guilty May 1 to providing material support to a terrorist organization in a case filed under seal in federal court in Alexandria. None of the attacks he planned with top al Qaeda operative Khalid Sheik Mohammed was carried out. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, who announced the plea agreement yesterday, said that while Faris appeared to be a hardworking truck driver, he “had a secret double life” that included carrying cash for al Qaeda, providing bin Laden with information about “ultralight” aircraft and scouting equipment for sabotaging railroad tracks and cutting suspension bridge cables. Full Story

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