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15-year jail for man: plan to set up al-Quaeda unit
BY A STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK — A Syracuse native given 15 years on terrorism-related charges will not appeal his sentence, his lawyer said in court documents filed on December 27.
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhar, 26, was sentenced with co-defendant Randy ‘Rasheed’ Wilson for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. They will also be overseen by probation officials for three years.
According to court documents, Abukhar suggested that he and Wilson could form ‘AQUSA’ (al-Qaeda in the USA) and proposed seizing hostages in the US and demanding the release of convicted terrorists.
The duo eventually decided to fight for Islam in Africa instead, and planned traveling to Mali, where they expected violence to break out. Abukhar was arrested at an Atlanta bus stop on December 11, 2012 as he prepared to fly to Morocco via Canada.