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Seven Men Charged with Plot to Assist Taliban

Feb 15th, 2011 al-Qaida

According to several reports, seven men were charged in U.S. federal court in New York Monday with attempting to smuggle drugs into the United States for the Taliban and attempting to sell weapons to people they believed to be Taliban representatives.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the indictment accuses some of the men of assisting the Taliban by “offering to helping smuggle large quantities of heroin and cocaine into the U.S. and allow the Taliban to later sell the drugs for a profit. The complaint also accuses some of the men of agreeing to sell surface-to-air missiles, among other weapons” to the Taliban.

For the full text of The Wall Street Journal article, click Prosecutors Charge Seven Men with Attempting to Assist Taliban.

Two of the men charged are naturalized U.S. citizens and were arrested in Romania on Saturday; they are awaiting extradition. The remaining five men were arrested in Liberia last week and arraigned Monday in Manhattan; they each pleaded not guilty.

The New York Times reports the following:

"The charges stemmed from a sting operation run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in which paid informants posed as representatives of the Taliban and discussed arrangements for the proposed drugs and weapons deals with the accused conspirators in meetings in West Africa and Eastern Europe.

One conspirator told the confidential informants that they could obtain heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles, antitank missiles, grenade launchers, night vision equipment, sniper rifles and AK-47 assault rifles, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Federal District Court in Manhattan."

For the full text of the NY Times article, click Men Accused of Plot to Sell Drugs to Arm Taliban.

 

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