June 29th, 2012
06:37 PM ET

Vietnamese national charged with helping Yemen-based terror group

By Carol Cratty

A Vietnamese national has been charged with aiding al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and receiving military training from the terror group, the Justice Department announced Friday.

According to an indictment, 29 year old Minh Quang Pham traveled from the United Kingdom to Yemen in December 2010. There, he allegedly swore an oath to AQAP, got military training, carried an automatic weapon and helped with the group's online propaganda work. Court documents say that while in Yemen, he worked with two American citizens who are not identified in the indictment.

Pham is not accused of involvement in any plots against the U.S. However, he faces five counts including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism, receiving military training from a terrorist organization and possessing guns to further crimes of violence. If convicted on all charges Pham faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Pham was arrested Friday in the United Kingdom, where he'd previously been held in immigration custody.

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  1. hoang

    Mr. Pham case is the reflection fo the sentimental of recent years increasing of Vietnamse communist operatives in America with alarm rate with a context target specificly Vietnamese oversea communities. Mr. Pham case is the reflection of Vietnamese communist being over-confidence.

    December 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  2. George Patton

    Actually, the Vietnamese have quite a bit to be proud of. They took on three powerful countries, J apan, France and the U.S. and won fair and square. How many other third world countries can claim the same? Precious few!

    July 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
    • Dat

      Pham is such an idiot. Go get a decent job in America. Go do nails or something. Just don't cooperate with terrorists.

      July 2, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
  3. Lesley

    I am Vietnamese .i feel so ashame ,and sorry for him . He should not do that, instead helping America to anti the countries are harm to the America and the american people. ihope is not the truth.

    July 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  4. Sonny

    I am Vietnamese myself. If any Vietnamese is helping or associating with terrorists should be executed and hung.

    June 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  5. Nghiem Hai Bang

    Vietnamese ppl should against china. Not America!

    June 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  6. hungle

    Damn to the devil like him! He had been in immigration custody, why he got released and freely went to Yemen to do such damn things? Before putting him in jail for life, please try to figure out his bosses...

    June 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  7. Quigley

    Anyone who opposes the current horrific dictatorship in Yemen can't possibly be all bad. While the right-wing news media keeps bawling about the Asasad regime in Syria, the one in Yemen is slaughtering their people while almost no one notices. It would be a crime to prosecute this Ming Quang Pham while Obama keeps on slaughtering people day after day with those cursed drones.

    June 30, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • sdadad

      Keep going, terrorist troll. I bet you're a Pakistani. Tell your friends to stop plotting against us and we'll stop killing them with drones.

      July 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  8. Rakesh

    if the charges are found to be true, feet first into the wood chipper with mr pham.... http://thetshirtman.co.uk/

    June 30, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply
  9. Marry Field

    I cannot believe this article. it even wihthout pitctures of Pham Minh Quang...information is also very much insufficient
    really need more evidence when post news like this ..:(

    June 30, 2012 at 5:14 am | Reply

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