Man indicted in North Carolina for trying to aid Syria rebel group
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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - A Pakistani native accused of trying to aid a group deemed a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. government has been indicted by a federal grand jury in North Carolina, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Basit Javed Sheikh, a legal permanent resident of the United States who lived in Cary, North Carolina, told an undercover FBI agent that he wanted to travel to Syria to support a rebel Islamist group that had carried out violent attacks during that country's ongoing civil war, justice officials said. When asked how he hoped to help Jabhat al-Nusra, which the U.S. secretary of state has identified as an alias for al Qaeda in Iraq, Sheikh said: "Logistics, media, (and) fight too, God willing." Sheikh, 29, told the agent he was ready to be a martyr, justice officials said. Jabhat al-Nusra has claimed responsibility for nearly 600 attacks in Syria that have killed numerous innocent civilians, the justice department said.
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