A 19-year-old U.S. man charged with conspiring to aid al-Qaeda and traveling to the Middle East to join terrorist groups has pleaded not guilty.
Shelton Thomas Bell entered pleas Monday to two federal counts of trying to provide material support to terrorists.
An indictment shows Bell planned to join Ansar al-Sharia, which is an alias for al-Qaeda in the Middle East. The group has taken responsibility for attacks on Yemeni forces, including a suicide bombing during a parade in May 2012 that killed more than 100 soldiers.
Investigators say Bell participated in physical, firearm and other training in Florida to prepare for armed conflict.
Bell also is charged with soliciting others to travel overseas with him to train.
Saudi terror arrests suggest U.S. not alone in war against al-QaedaIn the United States, the general perception is that the war against al-Qaeda is an American war against a specific anti-American organization. This ... Analysis
A ‘just war’ on terror, Obama addresses threats against U.S.President Barack Obama spoke about the “future of terrorism,” in his president’s speech at the National Defense University on ... World News
U.S. man departing for Syria arrested on terror chargesA U.S. man allegedly planning to engage in terrorism in Syria was arrested at a Chicago airport after months of surveillance, the FBI said Saturday. ... World News