A federal judge in California revoked the naturalized U.S. citizenship of Khaled Abu Dahab, who confessed to being a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and provided support for al-Qaida, according to the Department of Justice.
Dahab ran a communication hub for al-Qaida from his California home, and recruited Americans to join the terror network.
He performed so well that Osama Bin Laden once congratulated him, U.S. authorities said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Court documents said he made fake passports for known terrorists and gave them monetary help.
"The Justice Department is committed to protecting our nation's national security and will aggressively pursue denaturalization of known or suspected terrorists," Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a statement, The Times reported.
The judge's decision came about after a civil action in 2015 was filed that claimed Dahab lied during the naturalization process. He was naturalized in Feb. 1997, then left the U.S. A year later he was arrested by Egyptian authorities and sentenced to 15 years for terror-related crimes.
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