Anwar Al-Awlaki. Pic/AFP
Anwar Al-Awlaki. Pic/AFP

An Indian in the US has pleaded guilty to supporting terrorism by providing material support to al-Qaeda's "key leader" Anwar Al-Awlaki for "violent jihad" against American soldiers and a judge, authorities have said.

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, faces over 27 years in prison and deportation if convicted, the Department of Justice said. According to court papers, on July 22 in 2009, Mohammad travelled with two associates to Yemen to meet Awlaki and deliver $22,000 that they had raised, in an effort to support violent jihad against US military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.

Although they were unable to meet Awlaki in person, Mohammad and his associates did ensure that Awlaki received the money through a courier. In addition to pleading guilty to conspiring to provide and conceal material support to terrorists, Mohammad also admitted to soliciting an undercover FBI employee (UCE), posing as a "hitman", to kidnap and murder US District Judge Jack Zouhary.