British man jailed over US airman plot

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A delivery driver has been jailed for life, with a minimum 12-year term, for plotting to kill a US airman outside a base in East Anglia.

Junead Khan, 25, from Luton, a supporter of so-called Islamic State (IS), was found guilty in April of preparing terrorist acts.

He had driven past RAF Lakenheath and other US bases and had discussed attacking a soldier with a knife.

He had also been exchanging online messages with an IS fighter in Syria.

The court heard Khan used his agency job with a pharmaceutical firm as cover to scout United States Air Force (Usaf) bases in East Anglia for potential victims.

Detectives also discovered he had been exchanging messages with an IS fighter in Syria calling himself Abu Hussain.

Prosecutors claimed Hussain was British-born Junaid Hussain, who was killed in a US drone strike in the IS stronghold of Raqqa just weeks after his link with the planned UK attack was discovered.

British man jailed over US airman plot

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