Islamic terrorism in America: NYC man pleads guilty of allegiance to al Qaeda

5 April 2007: New York City martial arts instructor and self-employed musician pleaded guilty yesterday to pledging allegiance to al Qaeda, and offering to train would-be terrorists in urban and hand-to-hand combat in court yesterday. Tariq Ibn Osman SHAH, 44 (a/k/a Tarik SHAH, Tarik JENKINS, Abu MUSAB) could receive up to 15 years in prison when sentenced on July 10. SHAH is one of four-(4) Islamic men - all U.S. residents - charged with conspiring to provide material support to Islamic terrorist organizations. Two other defendants, Farhane ABDULRAHMAN, the owner of a Muslim bookstore in Brooklyn, and Mahmud Faruq BRENT, a Maryland taxi driver, have already pleaded guilty in the case.

On Monday, BRENT pleaded guilty to attending a training camp in Pakistan facilitated by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a terrorist organization fighting Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region. ABDULRAHMAN pled in November; the specifics of his plea and statements have not been released.

The trial for the fourth defendant, Rafiq SABIR, (a/k/a “the doctor”) a doctor from Boca Raton, Florida who studied martial arts under Shah, is scheduled to begin later this month. He is charged with agreeing to treat wounded terrorists in Saudi Arabia.