Man Convicted in Court After Planning to Join Taliban

Man Convicted for Trying to Join Taliban

( – The events of September 11, 2001, became a defining pivot point in US history, much like the December 7 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941, or the “Black Tuesday” stock market crash of 1929. Unfortunately, since 9/11, people from several countries, including America, have decided to support terrorist groups like al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban. Delowar Mohammed Hossain, a US citizen from New York, is one of them. Luckily, authorities arrested him before he could put his plan into motion, and now, he will face the consequences of his choices.

In an affidavit of probable cause submitted to the court, an FBI agent provided sworn testimony outlining some of the actions Hossain allegedly committed. Beginning in September 2018, he contacted a man who ended up being a confidential informant for the government.

The agent wrote that in a recorded phone conversation on or about September 21, 2018, Hossain expressed an interest in moving to Pakistan and then crossing the border into Afghanistan for the purpose of “attacking the U.S. Army.” Further, on or about April 4, 2019, he told the informant, “I want to kill some kufars (sometimes spelled kaffir, a derogatory slur applied to people who do not follow Islam) before I die.”

The United States Attorney’s Office was able to prove this beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury, convicting Hossain on Friday, October 8, of “attempting to provide material support for terrorism” and “attempting to make a contribution of funds, goods, and services to the Taliban.” These crimes carry maximum sentences of 15 and 20 years, respectively. The judge will sentence him on January 12, 2022.

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