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U.S. judge: Secret FBI sources may be witnesses, while Id’s hidden

RALEIGH, N. C. – A federal judge has agreed with the preservation of the secret identities of the two undercover FBI sources who gathered evidence against a man who tried to join al-Qaida-linked fighters in Syria.

Federal District Judge Terrence Boyle on Tuesday, said an FBI employee known as “Zaydan” and a non-governmental source called “Nusaybah” can testify in disguise or from behind the scenes at the March trial of Basit Sheikh. He is charged with providing material support to a terrorist group.

Sheikh, of Cary, North Carolina, was arrested in 2013 as he prepared to board a flight to the Middle East. He initially refused anti-psychotic drugs to manage schizophrenia, but he was forced to take them under the orders of the court and its process can now proceed.

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