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2 Texans arrested(!) for aiding terrorists in US and Syria


US federal authorities have arrested two men in the state of Texas for aiding terrorists within US borders and inside Syria.

Michael Todd Wolfe and Rahatul Ashikim Khan, both 23, were arrested on Tuesday, US authorities said on Wednesday.

Wolfe is charged “with attempting to provide material support to terrorists.” He “planned to travel to the Middle East to provide his services to radical groups engaged in armed conflict in Syria,” according to a complaint.

Khan is also charged with “conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.”

A complaint said Khan “conspired with others to recruit persons to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing” terrorism during a period from early 2011 to January 2012.

The two men “conspired with others to recruit persons to travel overseas to support terrorist activities” in Syria, the US Justice Department said.

Undercover FBI agents got close to Wolfe and his wife over the course of several months and discussed global politics and religion with him and reported his increasingly emotional opinion on the Syrian crisis.

“[Wolfe] indicated that he had learned that al-Qaeda in Syria was training brothers from other countries (foreign fighters) and then sending those fighters back from Syria to their home countries to conduct terror attacks.”

The two Texans could face up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. Over 160,000 people have reportedly been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the foreign-backed militants.

According to reports, the United States and its regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

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