An American man was in court Thursday to face a charge of plotting with to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

FOX's Gurnal Scott has the story:

Mahmoud al-Farekh's attorney entered a not guilty plea to a charge of attempting to use a car bomb to attack a U.S. base.

Prosecutors say al-Farekh's fingerprints were found on packing tape used to assemble the device. The charge carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

Anti-terror officials say al-Farekh rose through Al Qaeda ranks, catching the attention of U.S. Intelligence as a dangerous operative. U.S. attorneys also seek to link the defendant to the deaths of Afghan nationals through DNA tests.

That could bring a death sentence, al-Farekh will have his next court hearing in mid-February.

In New York City, Gurnal Scott, FOX News.