US Man Charged in Afghanistan Rocket Attack

Long Islander also gave al-Qaeda info on NYC mass transit: feds
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2009 1:48 PM CDT
This July 3, 2009, photo shows Josh Habib, left, a 53-year-old translator, standing next to a fellow Marine as they patrol inside a village in Afghanistan's Helmand province.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An American arrested in Pakistan last fall faces charges for firing rockets at a US military base in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports. Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, also allegedly gave al-Qaeda detailed information about the New York City transit system and Long Island Railroad in return for military training.

Vinas’ November arrest coincided with federal warnings of a possible attack on New York mass transit. The former Long Island resident, a convert to Islam, is said to be a key witness in two terrorism cases in Europe, including one against a Moroccan woman, Malika El Aroud, who allegedly used the Internet to find recruits for al-Qaeda in Pakistan.