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California Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Help al-Qaida

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The home of the family of Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, whom authorities say has pleaded guilty to attempting to assist al-Qaida terrorists in Pakistan, is seen in Garden Grove, California, Oct. 11, 2013.

The home of the family of Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, whom authorities say has pleaded guilty to attempting to assist al-Qaida terrorists in Pakistan, is seen in Garden Grove, California, Oct. 11, 2013.

U.S. authorities say a man in southern California has pleaded guilty to attempting to assist al-Qaida terrorists in Pakistan.

Authorities say Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen admitted that he intended to travel to Pakistan, where he would provide weapons training to al-Qaida members.

Nguyen - also known as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum - faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison as part of a plea agreement. He will be sentenced in March.

The U.S. Justice Department says Nguyen was taken into custody October 11, just before leaving the United States en route to Pakistan. It says he was carrying a false passport and a computer hard drive containing more than 180 firearms training videos.

Nguyen was apprehended after meeting with a man he thought was an al-Qaida recruiter, but who actually was working with the FBI. He also claimed to have gone to Syria to help fight the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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