An Ohio truck driver who plotted to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge in New York has pleaded guilty to providing support to al Qaeda, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Iyman Faris, 34, a truck driver in Columbus who once met suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, admitted as part of the plea deal that he gave al Qaeda information about possible U.S. targets, Reuters reported.

Faris, a native of Kashmir, Pakistan, came to the U.S. in 1994 and became a citizen five years later.

None of the planned attacks -- including checking to see if the suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge could be severed -- were executed.

Prosecutors said Faris communicated with al Qaeda leaders, provided money and material, and was planning attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., until just several months ago, The New York Times reported.

"I believe the plots had to be taken very seriously," said Attorney General John Ashcroft.