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Guilty Pleas in African Terror Plot

MANHATTAN (CN) - After jury selection began, two citizens of Mali pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Harouna Touré and Idriss Abdelrahman were charged with "agreeing to transport cocaine through West and North Africa with the intent to support the drug trafficking activities of Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ('AQIM'), and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia ('FARC'). Each of these organizations has been designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization," prosecutors said in a statement.

Touré, 35, and Abdelrahman, 37, were arrested in Ghana in December 2009, with a third defendant, Oumar Issa, who pleaded guilty in November 2011 and has been sentenced to 57 months in prison.

Touré and Abdelrahman face up to 15 years in prison at their sentencings, which are set for July 19 and 20.

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