Unless they’re converts to Islam listed under their original names, there seem to be some useful idiots involved here. “U.S. charges 7 men in Taliban drug, missile sting,” from Reuters, February 14 (thanks to Block Ness):
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Monday accused seven men of trying to sell weapons and smuggle drugs to people they believed were Taliban militants.
In meetings in Benin, Romania, Ghana and Ukraine, the men agreed to transport and sell heroin for informants posing as Taliban, and to sell them surface-to-air missiles for use in Afghanistan, authorities said….
Maroun Saade, 58, Walid Nasr, 37, Corneille Dato, 48, Martin Raouf Bouraima, 40, and Francis Sourou Ahissou, 45, face charges of conspiracy to engage in narco-terrorism and other drug charges.
Saade and Nasr are Lebanese, Bouraima and Dato are from Benin, and Ahissou is Togolese, prosecutors said.
Two naturalized U.S. citizens — Oded Orbach, 52, and Alwar Pouryan, 36 — were arrested in Romania and await extradition.
Orbach, Saade, Nasr and Pouryan also face charges of providing material support to the Taliban, which is deemed a terrorist group by the United States….