Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen Cops to Plan to Train al-Qaida Fighters to Ambush Coalition Forces

Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen Cops to Plan to Train al-Qaida Fighters to Ambush Coalition Forces

A Garden Grove security guard pleaded guilty today to a federal terrorism charge that he planned to fly to Pakistan and provide weapons training to members of al-Qaida.

Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, a 24-year-old who had applied for a U.S. passport under the fake name Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum and planned to fake his death, faces up to 15 years in federal prison at his scheduled March 21 sentencing.

FBI: Vietnamese American From Orange County Wanted To Aid al-Qaeda Terrorists

When Nguyen was arrested Oct. 11 at a Santa Ana bus station from which he was planning to travel to Mexico, he had with him the phony passport, a plane ticket from Mexico to Peshawar, Pakistan, and a computer hard drive containing more than 180 weapons-training videos, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

City News Service reports Nguyen copped today in U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter's Los Angeles courtroom to a single count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The admission of guilt came as a result of a plea deal filed last week in which Nguyen reportedly admitted:

  • He went to Syria a year ago and joined opposition forces.
  • He told associates after returning to the U.S. that he had offered to train al-Qaida forces in Syria, but had been turned down.
  • He met between Aug. 3 and Oct. 11 with an undercover FBI agent posing as an al-Qaida recruiter.
  • He eventually gave the undercover a photo of himself and a bogus passport application and agreed to fly to Pakistan to train 30 al-Qaida fighters for five to six weeks.

The Vietnamese American's ultimate goal, according to federal prosecutors? Preparing his trainees for "a guerilla warfare ambush attack on coalition forces."

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