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08/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bryant Neal Vinas: American Offered To Be Al Qaeda Suicide Bomber: Document

A New York man who pleaded guilty in January to charges of aiding al Qaeda was ready to be a suicide bomber for the organization, but was told he needed more religious instruction, according to a document obtained by CNN Thursday.

Bryant Neal Vinas gave a statement in March to Belgian investigators as part of a terrorism case there involving a cell he was associated with, according to the reports released by a Belgian defense attorney.... He admitted involvement in an attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan in September 2008, according to an indictment filed under seal and made public Wednesday. In addition, authorities said he provided al Qaeda with information about the New York transit system and the Long Island Railroad.
--Paul Cruickshank contributed to this report for CNN.

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