An al-Qaeda sleeper agent who entered the country the day before the 9/11 attacks pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism in federal court today and faces 15 years in prison, the Peoria Journal Star reports. The government says Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, who had been designated an "enemy combatant" and detained since 2001, attended terrorist training camps abroad and had detailed knowledge of hazardous chemicals.
Al-Marri came to the US on September 10, 2001, and was awaiting instructions to carry out an unspecified mission when he was arrested in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. When police arrested him at his Peoria apartment, they found information about cyanide on his laptop. In his plea deal, al-Marri acknowledges helping al-Qaeda. The government says he met Osama bin Laden himself and agreed to help with post-9/11 attacks.