The NYPD has arrested two men on allegations that the men were conspiring to collect and provide winter supplies to members of the Taliban. Humayoun Nabi and Ismail Alsarabbi (of Queens and Brooklyn, respectively) were allegedly attempting to shipments of coats, socks, and shoes to Afghanistan, though no shipments ever actually got sent out. The men were charged with second-degree soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism and fifth-degree conspiracy.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Queens District Attorney, Nabi told a confidential informant "that the source of the Americans’ strength is their equipment, specifically good jackets, good goggles, good GPS." He admitted four days ago that he engaged in the scheme because, "he hates the United States, Jewish people, and U.S. soldiers specifcally [sic] and that he wanted to give those fighting the Americans equipment that would level the playing field."
Alsarabbi says that his client had "no idea" about the scheme. Alsarabbi is a naturalized citizen from Kuwait and Nabi is a Pakistani national.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told the press that, "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," which is maybe a tad bit hyperbolic, but point taken.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.