War on Terror

British Man Pleads Guilty in US Court to Helping Terrorists

Ran site to raise funds to help militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya


A British national accused of operating a website that promoted jihad and supported al Qaeda pleaded guilty in a U.S. court on Tuesday to charges of providing material support for terrorists and an associate was due to appear later in the day.

The first man, Babar Ahmad, said in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, that he was guilty of two counts of providing support to terrorists but did not plead guilty to two additional charges that also included conspiracy to injure the property of a foreign government and money laundering.

U.S. prosecutors said that Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan ran a website that raised funds for Muslim militants in Afghanistan and Chechnya. The two were extradited to the United States from Britain last year.