NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, April 2, 2015, 2:57 PM
A U.S. citizen who attended a university in Canada has been charged with plotting to travel overseas to train as a jihadist warrior.
Muhanad Mahmoud Al-Farekh, who was born in Texas, is another acolyte of late Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awalki.
Alk-Farekh became radicalized in late 2006, according to a complaint unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
He and two buddies from the University of Manitoba allegedly traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, in March 2007 to receive training so they could fight against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
The night before they departed, they had purchased mountain boots for their adventure, court papers say.
Al-Farekh’s buddy Ferid Iman also provided weapons and military-type training to three Queens men — Najibullah Zazi, Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin — who planned to carry out a suicide attack with bombs in the New York City subway system, prosecutors said.
“Today’s arrest demonstrates that there is no escape from the long reach of our law for American citizens who seek to do harm to our country on behalf of violent terrorists,” said United States Attorney Loretta Lynch.
Al-Farekh, scrawny and sporting a bushy beard, was ordered held without bail on a single charge of conspiring to provide material support to Al Qaeda terrorists.
His defense lawyer told Magistrate Viktor Pohorelsky that Al-Farekh was in need of medical treatment but did not elaborate.