WASHINGTON — Britain has extradited a Vietnamese national to the United States to face charges that he aided and received military training in Yemen from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Justice Department disclosed Tuesday.
The case underscores the global reach of the FBI, New York Police Department and U.S. Justice Department as they resort to tough law enforcement tools in a crackdown aimed at deterring young men and women from joining al-Qaida branches, the Islamic State or other Islamic radical groups aiming to harm Americans.
The 32-year-old suspect, Minh Quang Pham, is a resident of the United Kingdom. In disclosing his The department gave no indication that he ever has lived in the United States.
Pham “surreptitiously traveled from the UK to Yemen in late 2010 and received terrorist training” by the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, said Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“During the half year he spent in Yemen, Pham allegedly vowed to wage jihad, swore bayat (allegiance) and provided material support to high-level (al-Qaida) members, almost always brandishing a Kalashnikov rifle.”
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted 2009 Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit –bound passenger yet and for a 2010 plot to plant explosives aboard U.S.-bound cargo planes.