November 20th, 2012
05:32 AM ET

California men charged with supporting the Taliban

By Ben Brumfield

Four men from the greater Los Angeles area were allegedly on their way to train with the Taliban in Afghanistan and were plotting to kill American soldiers and bomb government installations, according to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles.

They were charged Monday in a federal court in California, where three of them appeared for the first time. The fourth man was already in Afghanistan, where he was also apprehended, said U.S. attorney André Birotte Jr. and assistant director Bill Lewis from the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office in a joint statement.

Sohiel Omar Kabir, Ralph Deleon, Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales and Arifeen David Gojali face charges of supporting terrorists who conspired to kill, kidnap or harm U.S. officers and other U.S. citizens, as well as bomb public places and government facilities.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force in Riverside, California, arrested Deleon, 23, Santana, 21, and Gojali, 21 on Friday. Kabir, 34, spent over six months in Germany before arriving in Afghanistan in July, and is in custody there, according to the statement.


Filed under: Afghanistan • FBI • Taliban • Terrorism
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    November 26, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
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  16. Bangash

    As you sow so shall you reap. Three decades back USA in pursuit of global domination turned Afghanistan into a heaven for global terrorism to kill two birds with single shot i.e disintegration of USSR and occupation of Afghanistan. First objective achieved, USSR disintegrated however the second is still a thorn in throat, has proved hard to swallow. If this is true about the mentioned would be Taliban, born on American soil, planing for training in Afghanistan and than on return blowing military bases in USA than there is no doubt that the fire America has ignited three decades back in Afghanistan has now reached America. If this is a fabricated story than surely, as usual, an attempt to cheat American public and justify misuse of tax payers money in war on terror.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
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    California would be harboring terrorists..

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