From CBS New York:
Two men tried to buy boots, winter coats and other gear for Taliban and al Qaeda soldiers fighting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, authorities said Thursday in announcing state-level terrorism charges.
Police say Humayoun Nabi, 27, and Ismail Alsarabbi, 32, were busted after a two-year investigation that involved confidential informants and undercover detectives.
Lawyers who represented the men at their initial court appearance this week in Queens said their clients had been manipulated by police.
According to a criminal complaint, Nabi told a confidential informant that he hated the United States and wanted to take a stand. He told the informant he wanted to form a nonprofit where he could siphon away money for Afghan fighters. The nonprofit was not formed, police said.
The two suspects believed the key to beating U.S. forces overseas was through properly outfitted Taliban soldiers, authorities said. The fighters could then kill American soldiers “and cut them into pieces,” Nabi said, according to the complaint.
Nabi, working with Alsarabbi, wanted to buy socks, shoes, coats and electronics to ship oversees to a warehouse. They met with a man set up by detectives who provided the men with sample gear, authorities said.