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Ex-Soldier, Accused Of Attempting To Aid Terrorists, Goes To Court

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An ex-military man accused of supporting terrorism is expected to enter a plea in federal court today in Maryland.

Maryland resident Craig Baxam, a former U.S. Army soldier, is accused of leaving the U.S. for Somalia in December with the intention of joining the terrorist group Al Shabaab there, according to Associated Press. 

He was stopped in Kenya before reaching Somalia, and questioned by the FBI. He has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to Al Shabaab and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. 

Baxam joined the army in 2007 and spent time in Iraq and South Korea. 

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