“‘This case demonstrates the need for vigilance and swift action to counter the false allure of violent extremism,’ U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said in a statement.” That allure will continue, however, since American authorities are determined to ignore and deny what makes it so alluring in the first place, rather than be honest about it and try to formulate realistic strategies to counter it.
“Two men sentenced to 25 years in plot to attack Americans in Afghanistan,” Reuters, February 23, 2015 (thanks to James):
(Reuters) – Two men convicted of seeking to join al Qaeda and training to carry out attacks on Americans in Afghanistan were sentenced on Monday to 25 years in federal prison, the U.S. Justice Department said.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips sentenced Sohiel Omar Kabir, 37, and Ralph Deleon, 26, who prosecutors said trained at firearms and paintball facilities in Southern California to prepare for their mission.
The two were found guilty in federal court in September of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder U.S. military and government personnel.
Deleon was also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping or maiming overseas.
Prosecutors said trial evidence showed that Kabir introduced Deleon and another defendant, Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, to militant Islamist theology in 2010 and, after traveling to Afghanistan in 2012, encouraged them to follow him there to join al Qaeda.
Later that year, Deleon and Santana recruited a fourth defendant, Arifeen David Gojali, to join them overseas to commit violent jihad, according to prosecutors….
“This case demonstrates the need for vigilance and swift action to counter the false allure of violent extremism,” U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said in a statement.
The Justice Department said the men were heavily influenced by Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born spokesman for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who was killed in a CIA drone strike in 2011.
Kabir, who was born in Afghanistan, is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Deleon is a Philippines citizen.