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Man charged with giving al Qaeda NY transit data

NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) - A U.S. man has been charged with giving al Qaeda details about the New York City transit system and the Long Island Railroad, as well as firing rockets on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to court papers unsealed on Wednesday.

Bryant Neal Vinas, 26, is also accused of receiving military-type training between March and August last year from the Islamist extremist group headed by Osama bin Laden.

Vinas provided al Qaeda with "expert advice and assistance, including assistance derived from specialized knowledge of the New York transit system and Long Island Railroad, communications equipment and personnel, including himself," said the court papers, unsealed in New York federal court.

Vinas was being held by the FBI, officials said. They did not say where he was. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Eric Walsh)