Vietnamese man charged with joining Al Qaeda extradited to New York

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Minh Quang Pham will be arraigned Wednesday for providing support to and receiving training from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Photo: US Department of Justice.
A Vietnamese national will be arraigned today in New York for allegedly collaborating a Yemen-based, al Qaeda offshoot group.
Minh Quang Pham, 32, faces life in prison on five counts for his alleged pledge to wage jihad for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the New York Daily News.
He was extradited to the US on Feb. 26 from the UK, where he was arrested in June 2012.
According to the NY Daily News, Pham allegedly produced and disseminated Al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine with al-Awlaki and Samir Khan — the two Americans later killed by a drone strike in 2011.
Authorities were tipped off to Pham by a cooperating witness in Yemen in 2011, the report said.
"During the half-year he spent in Yemen, Pham allegedly vowed to wage jihad, swore (allegiance), and provided material support to high-level AQAP members, almost always brandishing a Kalashnikov rifle," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a release.

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