Uber driver who plotted to join Taliban convicted on terrorism-related charges

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An Uber driver who plotted to join the Taliban and kill Americans was convicted on Friday of two terrorism-related charges. Washington Post report.

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big picture: The Taliban’s rapid capture of Afghanistan earlier this year was partially enabled by the recruitment of fighters such as Delovar Mohammad Hussein and propaganda to potential members around the world. According to the New York Times.

description: Hussain, a Bronx resident who works as an Uber driver, first expressed his desire to join the Taliban in 2018. according to the justice department.

  • In the months that followed, he attempted to recruit a confidential FBI source to travel with him.
  • Federal prosecutors say Hussein, a naturalized US citizen and a native of Bangladesh, outlined an itinerary that he believed would conceal his intention to join the Taliban and reach Afghanistan. The latter saved $10,000 to buy weapons and other supplies.
  • “Hossein reportedly wanted to kill Americans, and specifically target members of our armed forces serving our country overseas,” said US Attorney Geoffrey S. said in a statement Hussain’s arrest
  • The FBI stopped Hussain at JFK International Airport in July 2019, as he prepared to board his flight to Thailand, the first leg of his route to Afghanistan.

Hussain’s lawyer He argues that he was set up and did not actually plan to join the Taliban. “Thinking about committing a crime is not a crime,” attorney Amy Galicchio said in her closing argument, according to the Post.

Noteworthy: US officials and senior Taliban leaders will meet in person for the first time since the fall of Afghanistan in Doha later this week.

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