Ex-NYC Uber driver on trial for allegedly trying to join Taliban and ‘kill Americans’

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His lawyer argues that he was just a “wannabe playboy” who decided to leave his wife and family and go to Thailand to meet the girls.

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A former Uber driver from New York City planned to join the Taliban and travel to Afghanistan to “kill Americans” before being arrested at John F. Kennedy airport in 2019, prosecutors said Wednesday in the opening statements of his trial. accused during

According to The Washington Post, 36-year-old Delovar Mohamed Hussein is facing terrorism charges over his alleged conspiracy to join the extremist group.

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“He wasn’t just any other passenger — he was on a mission to Afghanistan to join the Taliban and kill Americans and he was on his way,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Shearer said on the first day of the trial in Manhattan.

However, Hussein’s lawyer argues that he was just a “wannabe playboy” who decided to leave his wife and family to go to Thailand to meet the girls.

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Schreier said Hussein had planned to move from Thailand to Afghanistan and had already bought supplies to survive in the country.

Taliban warns us not to attack airspace or face ‘negative consequences’

As the Post reports, Hussein read al-Qaeda literature, which contained instructions on bomb-making and jihad, and decided to only bomb a New York City military installation because he didn’t think he could get enough people. can kill. He said prosecutors have recordings of him saying he wanted to kill the Americans.

He reportedly told covert informers that he was repeatedly trying to throw investigators into bars and strip clubs, which would not be allowed for strict Muslim, and that the informers were accused of banned Muslim behavior to fool law enforcement. Encouraged to be “dirty” with.

But his defense lawyer, Andrew Dalack, called Hussein a “hypocritical” Muslim with a “wild imagination”, claiming that his suitcase was filled with stylish clothes, perfumes, lotions to woo women in Thailand. Dalack said Hussein asked informers to help him get condoms and hair gel for the trip, which he said were not “material for radical Islamic jihad”.

Hussain was found at the airport with $10,000 in cash.

He has been charged with attempting to provide material aid to terrorism and contributing to or receiving the Taliban and could face decades in prison if convicted. Post.


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