Two Florida Imams, also US citizens, have been accused by the US Justice Department with supporting the Pakistani Taliban, also known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, which recently made headlines by taking credit for the first major ‘revenge attack’ for the death of Osama bin Laden.
Hafiz Khan, 76, is the Imam at Miami Mosque, also known as the Flagler Mosque, in Miami, Florida. His son Izhar Khan, 37, is the Imam at the Jamaat Al-Mu'mineen Mosque in Margate, Florida. An Imam is a position of spiritual leadership in Islam.
The Kahn father-son duol are accused of aiding the deadly terrorist Pakistani Taliban group in the following ways:
- funding the livelihood of Taliban militants and their families
- funding Taliban’s purchase of guns
- using the Islamic school they founded and controlled in Pakistan to shelter terrorists
- sending children from the Islamic school to kill Americans in Afghanistan
- calling for a suicide bombing on the Pakistani Assembly in a recorded phone conversation
- offering to provide an individual with contact information for Pakistani Taliban militants in a recorded conversation
Since the beginning of its fight against Islamic terrorism, the US government has made it a priority to cut off funding for terrorist organizations by working with international partners to freeze their funds. It has also physically pursued terrorists on the international stage by toppling the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Recently, the US has encountered domestic sources of terrorism. One form is Muslims who have immigrated to the US, as is the case with the Khans. Another form is ‘homegrown terrorists’ like Colleen LaRose and Omar Hammami