U.S. Man Guilty of Aiding Somali Militants

A Chicago man pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to provide support to a designated terrorist organization by traveling to Somalia to join the Shabab, prosecutors said.

Shaker Masri, 28, was born in Alabama and lived in Chicago's upscale Gold Coast neighborhood prior to his 2010 arrest, hours before he was scheduled to travel to Somalia.

He is one of dozens of U.S. citizens arrested in recent years for trying to participate in or support the two-decade long civil war.

He admitted to plotting for months to raise the funds he needed to engage in jihad in either Somalia or Afghanistan.

He was captured after drawing an FBI informant into his plans.

Masri's plea agreement calls for a sentence of just under 10 years in prison. He faced a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Source: Agence France Presse

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