New York City, New York — 31-year-old Maalik Alim Jones, a U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty to providing material support and aiding the al-Qaeda linked terrorist group known as Harakat al-Shabaab al-Muhajideen based in the East African country of Somalia. Jones who was born in Maryland admitted to leaving his home in Baltimore and heading to New York City with the explicit intent to travel to Somalia and join the terror group al-Shabaab and receive military training before the Southern District of New York Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan on Friday.
Jones who now faces life in prison declared that “I knew that my actions were a violation of the laws of the United States,” following his guilty plea. According to the indictment from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) obtained by SOFREP through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Jones departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport on July 28th 2011 to Casablanca, Morocco.
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