Faisal Shazad, charged with 10 counts of terrorism in relation to his failed bomb attack on Times Square, pled guilty in federal court. Shazad said he understood the charges against him and he wanted to plead guilty. It was later revealed there was no plea deal, and Shazad will allegedly not receive any leniency for pleading guilty. Shazad admitted that he had been trained to build the bomb and he had tried to detonate it.
Shazad also said that " . . . until the hour the U.S. pulls its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, and stops the drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen and in Pakistan, and stops the occupation of Muslim lands, and stops killing the Muslims, and stops reporting the Muslims to its government, we will be attacking U.S., and I plead guilty to that.” Shazad went on to explain that he considered himself a Muslim soldier, and that the US and NATO had attacked Muslim lands.
Guilty Plea in Times Square Bomb Plot | The New York Times