USA v. Al Farekh, Muhanad Mahmoud
[EDNY] Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, a citizen of the United States born in Houston, Texas, was sentenced to 45 years' in prison for conspiring to murder U.S. nationals and providing material support to al Qaeda. Al Farekh and his co-conspirators traveled to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, an area in the northern part of Pakistan that borders Afghanistan and is home to al Qaeda's base of operations, where they joined and received training from al Qaeda. In Jan. 2009, Farekh helped to build a vehicle-borne, improvised explosive device (VBIED) that was used in an attack on Forward Operating Base Chapman (FOB Chapman), a U.S. military installation that served as the base for the U.S. Provincial Reconstruction Team in Khost, Afghanistan.