An Elmhurst resident has been charged along with a Brooklyn man with conspiring to solicit aid in support of terrorist organizations — including the Taliban and Al-Qaeda — fighting American troops in Afghanistan.
The men consider U.S. soldiers to be “dogs” and “bastards who rape our sisters” and believe Muslims should “kill them and cut them into pieces,” according to a deposition filed in the case by the lead investigator, a detective with the NYPD’s Intelligence Unit.
The suspects, 27-year-old Humayoun Ghoulan Nabi of Elmhurst Avenue and 32-year-old Ismail Alsarabbi of Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, were both arraigned on Tuesday on charges of second-degree soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism and fifth-degree conspiracy. The defendants, who face up to seven years in prison if convicted, were each ordered held on $500,000 bond or cash.
“In this case, while keeping our federal counterparts informed, our office worked closely with the Intelligence Division of the New York City Police Department on a long-term investigation in which 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,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
“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,” New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “We are grateful for the cooperation of the Queens District Attorney’s office and our federal partners in the case.”
The defendants will return to court on Oct. 25.
— Christopher Barca