NYPD has arrested two men who are accused of putting together a coat drive for Taliban members.
Humayoun Nabi, of Queens, and Ismail Alsarabbi of Brooklyn, were allegedly attempting to ship coats, socks, and shoes to Afghanistan. Though no actual shipments were made, the men were charged with second-degree soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism and fifth-degree conspiracy, the Atlantic Wire reports.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Queens District Attorney, Nabi told someone “that the source of the Americans’ strength is their equipment, specifically good jackets, good goggles, good GPS.”
“The two defendants allegedly engaged in a plan to supply terrorist organizations in Afghanistan with warm winter clothing – which in the context of the fighting in Afghanistan is as serious as supplying the enemy with bullets and bombs,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “These supplies would have enabled the terrorists to endure the harsh Afghan winters and extend the fighting season.”
Nabi wanted to “level the playing field” for those fighting the Americans because he “hates the United States, Jewish people and U.S. soldiers specifically.”
Alsarabbi is said to have had no idea about the plan, according to the Wire. Alsarabbi is a naturalized citizen from Kuwait and Nabi is a Pakistani nationality. They were arrested after a long undercover police investigation.
“The cold weather gear and electronics that the pair sought to provide could have endangered the safety of Americans as much as supplies of guns and ammunition,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the media.
If convicted, Nabi and Alsarabbi face up to seven years in prison. Each was ordered to be held on $500,000 bond and are expected to return to court on Oct. 25, according to ABC News.
Sources: ABC News, Atlantic Wire