Texas man sentenced to 10 years for trying to aid al Shabaab militants

September 26, 2015 00:34


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AUSTIN, Texas - A Texas man was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison followed by 10 years probation on charges of attempting to provide material support and resources to foreign terrorists, US prosecutors said.

Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 24, pleaded guilty in July 2014 to being part of a conspiracy that attempted to provided material to the Islamist al Shabaab group, they said.

"Khan conspired to provide material support to terrorists by screening and recruiting potential foreign fighters located in the United States to wage violent jihad in various locations overseas, including Somalia," said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.

Khan, who lived in suburban Austin, struck up communication on an Internet chatroom with a person who portrayed himself as being involved in jihadist activities. That person was actually an FBI undercover source, prosecutors said.

"In or about March through May of 2011, Khan discussed guns, training, the war against Islam, his preparation for the Third World War, shooting, and getting the youth interested in the knowledge of jihad," a criminal complaint filed in federal court said.

Lawyers for Khan were not immediately available for comment.

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