Pinoy, et al charged in US for plotting to join Taliban
LOS ANGELES - Four men have been charged with plotting to join the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to conduct "violent jihad" aimed at killing Americans abroad, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said late Monday.
Three of the four had undertaken preliminary training at firearms and paintball centers in southern
The alleged plot aimed "to provide material support to terrorists by making arrangements to join Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in
Ralph Deleon, 23; Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales and Arifeen David Gojali, both 21, were arrested on Friday and appeared in court Monday outside
The fourth man charged, Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, is in custody in
Santana and Deleon told a confidential source working for the FBI that they "planned to travel to
The charges against the four include "conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure persons and damage property in a foreign country," and helping a plot to kill or attempt to kill US officers and American citizens.
They also allegedly sought to help a "conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction outside the
Kabir was born in
If convicted, they face up to 15 years in jail.