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Fourth Man Pleads Guilty In Alleged Va. Jihad Group

A fourth member of an alleged Virginia jihad network pleaded guilty yesterday to preparing to fight for Muslim causes abroad and told a federal judge that he and his co-conspirators might have taken up arms against the United States if they had not been arrested. Muhammed Aatique, 30, of Norristown, Pa., said that he used paintball games in Northern Virginia to train for combat and that he fired weapons in Pakistan at a camp run by Lashkar-i-Taiba, which is fighting to end Indian control over much of Kashmir and has been designated a terrorist group by the U.S. government. He is one of 11 men charged in the conspiracy. As he pleaded guilty, Aatique was asked by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria: “Did you understand that one of the countries against whom you might ultimately have to pick up arms could be the United States?” Full Story

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