US Citizen That Wanted to Join Taliban Now Facing Federal Prison

US Citizen That Wanted to Join Taliban Now Facing Federal Prison

( – When our US troops were pulling out of Afghanistan, they feared extremist groups might strike at any moment and prepared for such an attack. What they couldn’t foresee was that a fellow American might be among them. In July 2019, the federal government arrested Uber driver and US citizen Delowar Mohammed Hossain for attempting to support the Taliban. On October 11, a Manhattan federal court handed down a guilty verdict, and he now faces up to 35 years in prison.

Not only did Hossain want to kill US troops in the Middle East, he successfully recruited other Americans to join him. Luckily, one of them was a government informant, or the traitor may have made it to Afghanistan to “kill some kufars” (a derogatory term referring to non-believers of the Muslim faith). His actions highlight the dangers of religious extremism. It creates an environment of hate and non-acceptance, leading to intolerance and violence against those who don’t share the same belief system.

Yet, the dangers of radical religious views aren’t limited only to the Muslim faith. A look into history shows extremism leading to the Crusades, Ireland’s civil war, the rise of Nazi Germany, and the events of 9/11.

It’s one of the foundational reasons our founding fathers made religious freedom an inalienable right for every American so every citizen could practice their chosen religion in peace.

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