N.Y. man arrested, charged with trying to join al Qaeda

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y., (Reuters) – U.S. officials on Friday arrested a 25-year-old man in a New York suburb and charged him with trying to travel to Yemen to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the most active wings of the militant network.

The man, Marcos Alonso Zea, pleaded not guilty to the charges contained in court papers unsealed on Friday contending he sought to join and provide aid to the group, which the United States regards as one of the most active wings of the militant network.

Appearing in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, New York, not far from his Brentwood home, where he was arrested earlier in the day, Zea answered “yes” when Magistrate Judge Arlene Lindsay asked if he understood the charges contained in the five-count indictment.

No bail offer was made and Lindsay noted that “the evidence strongly suggests the defendant poses a danger to the community and given his previous actions, a risk of flight.”

Prosecutors charged that Zea planned to join al Qaeda outside the United States that would result in murder.

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