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Guilty Plea in Failed Times Square Car Bombing RULE Americans Who Attended Terror Training Camps in Pakistan

Posted: May 4, 2010

Failed Times Square Car Bombing
Pakistani Americans Charged with Terror-Related Offenses
Americans Who Attended Terror Training Camps in Pakistan

Other Americans charged with terror-related offenses have traveled to Pakistan to attended terror training camps, including:


  • Zarein Ahmedzay, an American citizen from Afghanistan, pleaded guilty on April 23, 2010, to planning to detonate homemade explosives on the New York City subway system.  In August 2008, Ahmedzay, Najibullah Zazi, a U.S. permanent resident from Afghanistan, and Adis Medunjanin, an American citizen from Bosnia, traveled to Pakistan, where they received "military-style" training from Al Qaeda, which, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, helped prepare them for "one of the most serious terrorist threats to our country since September 11, 2001."

  • Five American students Ramy Zamzam, Umer Farooq Chaudhry, Ahmed Minni, Aman Hassan Yemer, and Waqar Hussain Khan were detained in Pakistan on December 9, 2009, for planning terrorist attacks in Pakistan and on Afghan and U.S. territory.  The students, who allegedly planned to cross into Afghanistan to fight against U.S. troops, traveled to the region to attend terrorist training camps operated by Pakistani-based terrorist groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

  • American citizen Ahmad Abousamra and Tarek Mehanna, a Massachusetts man with dual American and Egyptian citizenship, were charged in an indictment handed down on November 5, 2009, with  plotting to attack a U.S. shopping mall and American soldiers in Iraq.  Abousamra, who remains at large, made two trips to Pakistan in 2002 to "obtain training in furtherance of jihad" and to join the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based terrorist organization with links to Al Qaeda.  Following Abousamra's failure to join a terrorist group in Pakistan, he and Mehanna began to explore other options, including committing terrorist acts in the U.S.

  • Six U.S. citizens and a permanent resident were arrested on July 27, 2009 for engaging in weapons training and conspiring to carry out "violent jihad" overseas.  Daniel Patrick Boyd, the apparent ringleader of the group, allegedly attended terrorist training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan from 1989 to 1992.  An eighth suspect, who has been identified as Jude Kenan Muhammad, is reportedly still at large and believed to be in Pakistan.  

  • Christopher Paul, an American citizen from Ohio, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on February 26, 2009, for planning terrorist attacks in the U.S. and Europe. Paul's alleged ties to Al Qaeda date back to the early 1990s when he traveled to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan and later joined Al Qaeda in Pakistan

  • Bryant Neal Vinas, an American citizen from Long Island, pleaded guilty on January 28, 2009, to providing information about New York City transit systems to Al Qaeda for potential terrorist attacks and to firing rockets at an American military base near the Pakistan and Afghanistan border. Vinas arrived in northwestern Pakistan in the fall of 2007 "with the intention of meeting and joining a jihadist group to fight American soldiers." Soon after arriving in Pakistan, Vinas was accepted into Al Qaeda and received "military-type training" from Al Qaeda in general combat and explosives.  He also reportedly learned how to shoot rockets and assault rifles and how to assemble a suicide bomber's vest. 

  • American citizen Hamid Hayat, who attended Al Qaeda training camps in Pakistan between 2000 and 2004, was sentenced to 24 years in prison in September 2007 for providing material support or resources to terrorists.  Hayat's father, Umer Hayat, a naturalized American citizen, was arrested with Hamid and charged with financing his son's trip to Pakistan and lying to federal agents.

  • Mahmud Faruq Brent, a U.S. citizen who was born in Akron, Ohio and later moved to Gwynn Oak, Maryland, was sentenced to 15 years in July 2007 for conspiring to send aid to LET and attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan in 2002.  Tariq Shah, an American-born Muslim convert who was sentenced in 2007 to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to Al Qaeda, trained Brent in martial arts and urban warfare "as part of the conspiracy to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba," according to court documents.

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