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Nov102011

Alleged Al Qaeda Member Indicted on Terror Charges

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An alleged al Qaeda terrorist currently held in Germany has been charged in a U.S. court with helping the terror group plan bombing attacks.

Abdeladim El-Kebir, a Moroccan national also known as Abi al-Barra, was indicted in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, and charged with conspiring to provide material support, including bomb-making materials, to al Qaeda, as well as conspiring to use a destructive device.

El-Kebir, 30, has been held in Germany since his arrest with two other men by German law enforcement in Dusseldorf on April 29, 2011. The U.S. indictment did not reveal the reason for the choice of venue.

German officials said that El-Kebir had trained at an al Qaeda camp in Waziristan, Pakistan near the Afghan border, and had returned to Germany in 2011 in order to carry out an attack ordered by a high-ranking al Qaeda member.

The U.S. government's investigation of El-Kebir is being conducted by the FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. El-Kebir is being prosecuted in the Eastern District of New York, and if convicted faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

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