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US Man Allegedly Wanted To Kill American Soldiers, Arrested While Trying To Join Taliban
US man allegedly wanted to kill American soldiers, arrested while trying to join Taliban
Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
A 33-year-old American man living in New York City's Bronx borough faces terror charges after his arrest at a New York airport while allegedly en route to join the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers, according to federal court documents.
Delowar Mohammad Hossain, who is originally from Bangladesh and later became a U.S. citizen, was arraigned Friday in federal court in New York City. He was arrested Friday at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he was about to board a flight to Thailand on the first leg of his journey to Afghanistan, prosecutors said.
Hossain is accused of allegedly trying to provide "material support" for the Taliban, a U.S.-designated terrorist group, by joining their ranks.
According to prosecutors, Hossain had been under surveillance since at least September 2018. He was allegedly recorded telling an FBI informant that "attacking the U.S. Army, attacking stuff like that is legitimate because the world is against the American government, not its people."
At one point, according to court documents, he told the informant: "I just want to take a frickin' machine gun and just shoot everybody and kill 'em all."