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An American Muslim convert told the New York trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza on Friday how the cleric's permission was required if recruits wanted to fight in Afghanistan. David Smith, who converted to Islam in 1997 at age 17, said he listened in Seattle to recordings of Abu Hamza's sermons and discussed with British radical Feroz Abbasi, who was later jailed at Guantanamo Bay, how to go fight in Afghanistan. "To go to the mountains for jihad, I had to make myself available to the Sheikh," Smith told the court in reference to Abu Hamza, the 56-year-old Egyptian-born cleric then living in London. "He would grant me permission to go up to the mountains for jihad," Smith told the Manhattan federal court.
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