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Maher Hawash pleaded guilty

A software engineer from Oregon pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding the Taleban and now faces the likelihood of seven to 10 years in jail. The Justice Department says Maher Hawash, a naturalized American citizen of Palestinian descent, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to supply services to the Taleban following the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

In a plea agreement filed with a federal judge in Portland, Oregon, Hawash admitted that he and five other men agreed to go to Afghanistan in October of 2001, prepared to take up arms for the Taleban and die as martyrs, if necessary. As part of the plea agreement, two other charges against Hawash were dropped including one count of conspiracy to levy war against the United States.

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