- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2007

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A man pleaded guilty yesterday to providing weapons to a group of men accused of plotting an attack on soldiers at Fort Dix.

Agron Abdullahu, 25, faces up to five years in federal prison when he is sentenced Feb. 6.

Federal prosecutors have portrayed the New Jersey resident as having the smallest role among the six men arrested in May in the case. While the others are charged with conspiring to kill military personnel — a crime punishable by life in prison — Abdullahu was charged only with weapons offenses.

Authorities said that although Abdullahu provided weapons to the other men, he resisted the idea of participating in an attack. The government said he told the others at one point that it would be against Islam to kill civilians and that it would be “crazy” to attack the military installation.

Authorities said the men scouted out East Coast military installations to find one to attack but settled on Fort Dix largely because one of them knew his way around from delivering pizzas to the base for his father’s restaurant.

The installation, which is being used largely to train reservists bound for Iraq, was not attacked.

The suspects, all in their 20s, were born overseas but have spent many years living in Philadelphia suburbs in southern New Jersey. Brothers Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka; Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer; and Serdar Tatar have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to go on trial in January.

The FBI was tipped off when a shopkeeper alerted agents about a video that he had been asked to copy onto a DVD, according to court documents. The video showed men “shooting assault weapons at a firing range … while calling for jihad and shouting in Arabic ‘Allah Akbar’ [God is great],” the complaint said.

Abdullahu, an ethnic Albanian born in the Serbian province of Kosovo, fled with his family to the U.S. eight years ago. Since his arrest, he has been held in isolation at a federal detention center in Philadelphia.

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