LOS ANGELES: On Monday, US man was put behind bars for 13 years for planning to travel to Pakistan to give weapons training to Al Qaeda fighters, later than spending time fighting in Syria, prosecutors alleged.
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 25, pleaded guilty late last year to trying to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Nguyen, based outside Los Angeles and also known as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, admitted that in late 2012 he went to Syria, where he joined forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad.
Throughout a four-month stay there, he posted online that he was struggling against the Assad government, and that he had received a “confirmed kill. “
In August, in a two-month period starting, he met with somebody he believed was an Al Qaeda recruiter, but who was in fact figuring out with the FBI undercover.
Nguyen talked about travelling to Pakistan with a false US passport, to train about 30 Al Qaeda fighters in 5-6 weeks “for a guerrilla warfare ambush attack on coalition forces” sometime in late 2013, according to a plea arrangement.
He purchased a plane ticket to Peshawar, Pakistan on Oct 1, and was arrested on Oct 11 as he prepared to depart.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the event.