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AAA  Jul. 16, 2014 2:08 PM ET
UK man gets more than 12 years for Taliban support
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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FILE - This Nov. 9, 2012 file photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office shows Babar Ahmad, extradited with Syed Talha Ahsan to the United States from Britain in October 2012 on charges of supporting terrorists. The men, both British citizens, have pleaded guilty to the charges. Ahmad faces sentencing Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in New Haven, Conn., for supporting terrorists through websites that sought to raise cash, recruits and solicit items such as gas masks for the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office, File)

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(AP) — A British citizen has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison by a judge who said he supported the Taliban regime in Afghanistan while it was protecting Osama bin Laden.

Judge Janet Hall sentenced Babar Ahmad (BAH'-bar AH'-mahd) on Wednesday to 12 years and six months but gave him credit for the 10 years he already served.

Hall said Ahmad helped enable bin Laden to be protected when he was plotting the Sept. 11 attacks by supporting the Taliban. But she said Ahmad had no knowledge of the plot and there was no evidence he supported bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist group.

Ahmad's attorney has said he publicly condemned the Sept. 11 attacks. Ahmad told the judge he supported the Taliban because it was under attack, not because he supported bin Laden or Al-Qaida.

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