NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Two men from Yemen have been charged in a U.S. court with joining al-Qaida to attack American forces.

Prosecutors in New York say Saddiq Al-Abbadi and Ali Alvi were captured in Saudi Arabia before being brought to the United States.

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Alvi appeared Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Al-Abbadi had an appearance Sunday.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said the defendants may have operated in the mountains of Afghanistan, but they now face justice in a courtroom in Brooklyn, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.

Their lawyers couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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Court papers allege the men traveled to Pakistan in 2008 to get military training from al-Qaida before fighting against U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Prosecutors say al-Abbadi led a battle against American forces that resulted in the death of one U.S. Army Ranger and injuries to several others.

The papers also say the men also helped an American from Long Island join the terror group.

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