Six people have been indicted for providing material support to the Pakistan Taliban. The BBC has the story:
The four-count indictment against the six people was announced by the US attorney for the Southern District of Florida and local FBI agents.
The three Florida citizens were named as Hafiz Khan, 76, and his sons Irfan Khan, 37, and Izhar Khan, 24.
Hafiz Khan is the imam at the Flagler Mosque in Miami, while Izhar Khan is the imam at the Jamaat al-Mumineen Mosque in nearby Margate.
Ali Rehman, Alam Zeb and Amina Khan, who live in Pakistan, were also charged.
The six are accused of conspiring to provide material support to a conspiracy to murder, injure and kidnap people abroad and conspiring to provide support to a terrorist organisation, the Pakistani Taliban.
Each of the four counts carries a possible 15-year jail term.
Hafiz and Izhar Khan are expected in court in Miami on Monday. Irfan Khan was arrested in Los Angeles and will appear in court there.
Miami FBI special agent John Gillies said: “Today terrorists have lost another funding source to use against innocent people and US interests. We will not allow this country to be used as a base for funding and recruiting terrorists.”
US attorney Wifredo Ferrer said: “Despite being an imam… Hafiz Khan was by no means a man of peace. He acted with others to support terrorists to further acts of murder, kidnapping and maiming.”
The indictment says that, on hearing seven American soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan, Hafiz Khan said in one recorded conversation that he hoped God would kill 50,000 more.
The US attorney seems to be extremely thick if he believes that being an imam means that the person is a “man of peace”. This is because he does not understand the real meaning of peace to a Muslim who preaches Jihad. The mosque is question is one of the most radical in Florida. Make sure you have a good look at the pictures on the page in the report from the BBC. It shows you the kind of work that is done by the Pakistan Taliban.
Also, I am not impressed with the Pakistani Parliament and their condemnation of the raid that killed OBL. It is almost as if all of them are complicit in hiding him within the borders of Pakistan.