Two British Terror Suspects Plead Guilty in New Haven Federal Court

Dec 11, 2013

Babar Ahmad.
Credit BBC

Two terror suspects who were extradited from Britain a year ago pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in New Haven. The men admitted to raising funds for terrorists through a Connecticut-based web company that was unaware of it's clients' business practices.

Babar Ahmad, pictured, and Syed Talha Ahsan pleaded guilty to providing material support for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and the Chechen mujahideen. The men admitted to operating a group of websites called Azzam Publications, which promoted violent jihad. They also recruited individuals to travel to Afghanistan for training.

Court documents show that Ahmad solicited Kevlar helmets, night vision goggles, and camouflage combat suits. The men acknowledged that they intended their efforts to be used to kill U.S. nationals who were outside the U.S.

Ahmad faces up 25 years in prison. Ahsan could be imprisoned for 15 years.