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Friend: Mehanna Flew Overseas To Look For Terror Training Camp

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Tarek Mehanna. (Family photo courtesy: J.W. Carney)

Tarek Mehanna. (Family photo courtesy: J.W. Carney)

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BOSTON (AP) — A former friend of a Massachusetts man accused of conspiring to help al-Qaida has testified the man said “we’re finally doing it” as they traveled overseas looking for a terrorist training camp.

Kareem Abu-zahra spent a second day Tuesday testifying in the trial of Tarek Mehanna, a Sudbury man accused of traveling to Yemen to seek terrorist training so he could fight U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Abu-zahra says he, Mehanna and another friend boarded a flight from Boston in February 2004 with the intention of finding a training camp.

Abu-zahra says he decided to return to the U.S. after receiving word that his father was ill. He says Mehanna and the other man traveled on, but Mehanna told him later that they were unable to find a camp in Yemen.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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