0839 GMT January 29, 2020
Ali Alvi al-Hamidi, 31, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a US federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to three counts, also including conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
"From 2007 up to 2009, I agreed with others to join al-Qaeda and participate in the fight against American forces," al-Hamidi said in court.
“Ali Alvi al-Hamidi went to the FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) to join al-Qaeda, received training from the terrorist organization, and later fought alongside the Taliban against coalition forces in Afghanistan,” said US Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin.
“With this plea, he will be held accountable for his terrorist activity, including conspiring to kill members of our military. The highest priority of the National Security Division is countering terrorist threats, and we will continue to use all tools available to bring justice to those who seek to harm American servicemen and women who bravely risk their lives in defense of our nation."
According to US Attorney Robert Capers, the plea demonstrated an “unwavering commitment” by US authorities “to bring to justice those who fight against US forces or assist al-Qaeda and others in their efforts to kill Americans at home or abroad.”
“As we witnessed today, those who support designated foreign terrorist organizations like al Qaeda and seek to harm people will be held fully accountable under the law,” said Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office. “On a daily basis, the FBI and its partners face the challenge of an ever evolving threat environment. Through our partnerships, both international and domestic, the FBI continues to track down those who aid and abet terrorist groups and ensure that they are brought to justice.”
Al-Hamidi is expected to face a possible life term on June 3, 2016.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban regime from power, but after more than 14 years, the foreign troops have still not been able to establish security in the country.
In October, US President Barack Obama announced plans to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan through 2016 and 5,500 in 2017, reneging on his promise to end the war there and bring home most American forces from the Asian country before he leaves office.