Testimony in the case of a Maryland man charged with trying to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops indicates that he was asked by members of a militant Islamic group to perform a special mission inside the United States.
Yong Ki Kwon testified for the prosecution against Masoud Khan yesterday in Alexandria, Virginia.
Khan is being tried for conspiracy to levy war against the United States and conspiracy to support Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network. Three other defendants face lesser conspiracy and firearms charges. Prosecutors allege the group used paintball games near Fredericksburg in the summers of 2000 and 2001 to prepare for holy war against India and other nations with whom the United States is at peace.
Kwon testified that the exact nature of Khan’s mission was never fully explained — but that it involved gathering information, sending e-mails and spreading propoganda.
Kwon also testified that he and Khan went to Pakistan after the September eleventh terror attacks to train with a group seeking to drive India from the disputed Kashmir region. The group is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.