2 US citizens found guilty in NY in Taliban case

NEW YORK (AP) — Two U.S. citizens have been found guilty in New York of conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) says Friday Alwar Pouryan (AH’-wahr per-AHN’) and Oded Orbach (OH’-ded OR’-bahk) face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for the anti-aircraft missile count.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 4.

The two men were arrested in Bucharest, Romania, last February.

Authorities say the men were approached by U.S. government witnesses posing as representatives of the Taliban. They say the men thought they were arranging the sale in 2010 of lethal weapons to members of a dangerous drug organization with terrorism links.

Lawyers for the men haven’t returned calls seeking comment.

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