A former Alabama resident gets more than 7 years in federal prison, after pleading guilty to helping al Qaeda. Alaa Abusaad instructed an undercover FBI agent about how to send money to the terrorist group's members who were engaged in jihad, U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona said. Abusaad was quoted as saying money "…is always needed. You can’t have a war without weapons. You can’t prepare a soldier without equipment." The woman also gave advice on how to send money in a way to avoid detection by law enforcement, prosecutors said, and introduced the agent to a financial facilitator who would serve as a middleman. Following the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler ordered 10 years of supervised release.