New York: A New Yorker has been convicted of lying to the FBI about plans to team up with the Taliban or al Qaeda.
A jury found Abdel Hameed Shehadeh guilty on Monday in federal court in Brooklyn.
Friends of Shehadeh testified that he spoke of wanting to die waging violent jihad abroad against the US military. They said the former Staten Island resident had hoped to attend a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
The defendant first drew the attention of the FBI in 2008 when he bought a one-way plane ticket to Islamabad. Prosecutors said he later lied by saying he was going to get religious training.
He faces up to 21 years in prison at sentencing. No date has been set.