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AHSAN Syed Talha Indictment

AHSAN Syed Talha Indictment

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF CONNECTICUTUNITED STATES OF AMERICA :Case No:::VIOLATIONS:::18 U.S.C. §2339A(Conspiracy to Provide:Material Support to Terrorists):v. :18 U.S.C. § 2339A (Providing Material:Support to Terrorists)::18 U.S.C. § 956 (Conspiracy to Kill/Injure:Persons Abroad)::18 U.S.C. § 371 (Conspiracy):SYED TALHA AHSAN :18 U.S.C. § 2 (Aiding and Abetting)
I N D I C T M E N T
The Grand jury charges that:
INTRODUCTION
1. From in or about 1997, the exact date being unknown to the grand jury, and continuingthrough at least August, 2004, BABAR AHMAD (“AHMAD”), a resident of the UnitedKingdom, and AZZAM PUBLICATIONS, who are named but not charged herein, along with thedefendant SYED TALHA AHSAN (“AHSAN”), and others known and unknown to the grand jury, provided, and conspired to provide, material support and resources to persons engaged inacts of terrorism in Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. Specifically, AHMAD, AZZAMPUBLICATIONS, AHSAN and others known and unknown to the grand jury, through thecreation and use of various internet websites, e-mail communications, and other means, provided: expert advice and assistance; communications equipment; military items; currency;
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-2-monetary instruments; financial services; and personnel, all designed to recruit for and assist theTaliban and the Chechen Mujahideen, and to raise funds for terrorist activities in Afghanistan,Chechnya and other places.The Taliban2.As used in this Indictment, “the Taliban,” is the political/military entity formerlyheadquartered in Kandahar, Afghanistan that exercised de facto control over the territory of Afghanistan until its defeat in late 2001 and early 2002 by a multi-national coalition that includedthe United States.3.At all relevant times in this Indictment, Al-Qaeda was an international terroristorganization founded by Usama bin Laden and others and dedicated to opposing governmentsnot established under strict Islamic law. Bin Laden, as leader of Al-Qaeda, declared a jihad, or holy war, against the United States and its citizens, which he carried out through Al-Qaeda andits affiliated organizations. Beginning in or about 1996, Usama bin Laden and others operatedAl-Qaeda from their headquarters in Afghanistan, and forged close relations with the Taliban inAfghanistan. On October 8, 1999, Al-Qaeda was designated by the Secretary of State as aforeign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act,and was redesignated as such on or about October 5, 2001, and again in 2003, and remains sodesignated to date.4.On July 4, 1999, President of the United States William Jefferson Clintondeclared a national emergency to deal with the threat posed by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.Specifically, in Executive Order 13129, the President found that:[T]he actions and policies of the Taliban in Afghanistan, in allowing territory under its control in Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven and base of operations for 
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-3-Usama bin Ladin and the Al-Qaeda organization who have committed and threatento continue to commit acts of violence against the United States and its nationals,constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.As part of that Executive Order, the President prohibited, among other things, UnitedStates persons from making or receiving any contribution of funds, goods, or services to or for the benefit of the Taliban. The Order also blocked all property and interests in property of theTaliban and prohibited trade-related transactions by United States persons involving the territoryof Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban. As used in this Indictment, the term “blocked” meansthat transactions or dealings in property in which the blocked entity or person has an interest are prohibited. The Order further prohibited United States persons from engaging in transactions for the Taliban’s benefit and prohibited any person from engaging in such transactions from theUnited States, including sending money and military material to the Taliban.5. On June 30, 2000, President Clinton continued the national emergency with respect tothe Taliban. One year later, the national emergency was again continued, pursuant to a finding by President of the United States George W. Bush that “[t]he Taliban continues to allow territoryunder its control in Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven and base of operations for Usama binLaden and the Al-Qaeda organization who have committed and threaten to continue to commitacts of violence against the United States and its nationals.”6. As used by some fundamentalist Muslim groups, the term “jihad” is an Arabic termmeaning “holy war” and refers to the use of violence, including paramilitary action, against persons or governments that are perceived to be enemies by its proponents. Proponents of thisview of jihad espouse a fundamentalist version of Islam that advocates the use of military actionand violence against governments, including the United States of America, and the citizens of 
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