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Al-Qaeda Member Convicted In U.S. Court For 2003 Attack In Afghanistan


FILE: Afghan fighters outside one of the entrances to caves where Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden was reportedly hiding along hundreds of Arab Al-Qaeda fighters in the mountains of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan in 2001.

FILE: Afghan fighters outside one of the entrances to caves where Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden was reportedly hiding along hundreds of Arab Al-Qaeda fighters in the mountains of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan in 2001.

A man born in Saudi Arabia has been convicted in a U.S. federal court on charges he participated in a 2003 attack in Afghanistan that killed two U.S. servicemen.

A jury in Brooklyn, New York, deliberated for just two hours on March 16 before reaching the guilty verdict against admitted Al-Qaeda fighter Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Harun.

Harun, who was not in court and watched the trial from his jail cell, was extradited from Italy in October 2012.

He has insisted he is a "warrior" who should face a military tribunal rather than a criminal court.

Harun, who holds Niger citizenship, traveled to Afghanistan to join Al-Qaeda weeks before the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States, prosecutors said.

They said he took part in an assault on U.S. troops in 2003 that killed Army Private 1st Class Jerod Dennis, 19, and Air Force Airman 1st Class Raymond Losano, 24.

A Koran recovered at the site had Harun's fingerprints, prosecutors said.

He also was convicted of later plotting to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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