NYC man convicted of trying to join the Taliban to fight the United States

Delowar Mohammed Hossain, 36, has been convicted in a Manhattan federal courtroom on charges that he tried to offer materials help for terrorism and tried to contribute funds, items and companies to the Taliban.

Authorities apprehended Hossain in 2019 at Kennedy Airport, interrupting his plan to journey to Afghanistan. Hossain was freed to dwelling detention in July 2020. After the jury verdict within the one-week trial, sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 12 by U.S. District Choose Sidney H. Stein.

Previous to the trial, the decision granted a request by the federal government to take steps to guard the identities of witnesses, together with a New York Metropolis police officer who corresponded with Hossain in an undercover capability previous to his arrest.

Based on courtroom papers, Hossain in 2018 began expressing curiosity in becoming a member of the Taliban and sought to recruit somebody to do the identical, however the particular person turned out to be a authorities informant. The courtroom papers stated he advised the informant: “I need to kill some kufars (non-believers) earlier than I die.”

Prosecutors stated his preparations included shopping for tools like walkie-talkies and trekking gear. He instructed the informant to avoid wasting sufficient cash “to purchase some weapons” as soon as they reached Afghanistan, they added.

The case follows a collection of comparable arrests of self-radicalized terror suspects on charges they tried to hitch or help the Islamic State group by making contacts on social media (News Hot off the Press).




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