Malaysian Group Plotted Plane Hijacking in 2001, Convicted Terrorist Says

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When asked Tuesday about al Qaeda’s presence in Malaysia, Brennan told the Council on Foreign Relations that the terrorist network extended “throughout Southeast Asia,” but did not specifically discuss Malaysia beyond saying, “There’s never been a place on the globe where al Qaeda said that they were not going to seek some type of presence.”

Badat was testifying in a New York court via video link from London for the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden. Ghaith, who appeared at bin Laden’s side in propaganda videos following 9/11, is charged with conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals and providing material support to terrorists. He has pleaded not guilty.

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