Swedish-based Somalia fighter sentenced in US

A New York court sentenced a former resident of Sweden who became a fighter with Somalia's Shebab guerrillas to nine years in prison Wednesday for aiding a US-designated terror group.

Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed, originally from Eritrea, left his home in Sweden to join the Shebab militants in their war against chaotic Somalia's government.

He was arrested while in Nigeria in 2009 and, after being sent to the United States, pleaded guilty in June 2012 to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and to receive military training from the US-banned group.

In Manhattan federal court, the 38-year-old was sentenced to 111 months behind bars.

"Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed traveled thousands of miles to align himself with al-Shebab, to aid their campaign of terror and to learn their 'ways of war,'" Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said.

"Today, his journey ends in prison and marks the latest victory in our constant effort to protect Americans from terrorism at home and abroad."

Prosecutors described the Shebab as attempting to "destabilize the government of Somalia and to force the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country."

"The group has recruited foreign fighters to join in its 'holy war' in Somalia, resulting in men from other countries, including the United States, traveling there to engage in violent jihad," they added.

"Al-Shebab has also made numerous public statements demonstrating its intent to harm the United States."


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