(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Two New Jersey men have pleaded guilty to trying to join an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia.
Inspired by the internet posts of Yemen-based cleric Anwar Awlaki, Mohamed Alessa and Carlos Almonte admitted they intended to join Al-Shabbab to receive terror training so they could kill American troops overseas.
An undercover officer recorded them boasting they would do "twice" what Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan did. The parents of one of the men said the officer coerced their son to become radical, but prosecutors say the men physically trained, bought combat gear and watched jihadist videos.
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