New York City Man Charged in Joining With Taliban to Fight U.S.

Taliban fighters escort women march in support of the Taliban government outside Kabul University, Afghanistan. A New York City man was convicted last week of attempting to provide support to the terror group. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Delowar Mohammed Hossain, 36, was convicted late Friday in Manhattan federal court on charges that he tried to provide material support for terrorism and tried to contribute funds, goods and services to the Taliban as they waged war against the American forces.

According to court papers, Hossain in 2018 started expressing interest in joining the Taliban and sought to recruit someone to do the same, but the person turned out to be a government informant. The court papers said he told the informant: “I want to kill some kufars (non-believers) before I die.”

Prosecutors said his preparations included buying equipment like walkie-talkies and trekking gear. He instructed the informant to save enough money “to buy some weapons” once they reached Afghanistan, they added.’

– Ella Breedlove