Two New Jersey Men Plead Guilty to Trying to Join Al Qaeda Group

Two New Jersey men have pleaded guilty to charges that they tried to join an Al Qaeda-affiliated group overseas.

Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte entered into a packaged plea deal in a Newark federal courtroom Thursday.

They admitted to conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States by trying to join al-Shabab, a designated terrorist organization.

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