Round Rock man pleads guilty to terrorism charges

Round Rock man pleads guilty to terrorism charges

Round Rock man pleads guilty to terrorism charges

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Posted on July 3, 2014 at 9:26 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- The second of two Central Texas men charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists has pleaded guilty, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Rahatul Khan, 23, faces up to 15 years in federal prison.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office says Khan admitted that from March 2011 to January 2012, he conspired to provide material support to terrorists.

Federal documents show the FBI made contact with Khan three years ago in an online chat room. Agents say Khan wanted to recruit terrorists.

The FBI says, "Khan discussed guns, training, the war against Islam, his preparation for the Third World War, shooting and getting youth interested in the knowledge of jihad."

The criminal complaint filed against Khan says that in 2011 he conspired to recruit people to travel overseas to support terrorist activities and violence. The complaint says Khan used an internet chat room to spot and recruit people for "committing violent jihad overseas." The complaint cites several instances in which Khan communicated with potential "recruits."

According to the complaint, Khan is a full-time student at the University of Texas. He was born in Bangladesh but became a U.S. citizen in 2002.

Khan is in federal custody. A sentencing date has not been set.

Michael Wolfe, 23, pleaded guilty to attempting to aid terrorists on Friday. He told the FBI he had plans to travel to the Middle East to join terrorist group ISIS and engage in jihad in Syria.

The men are facing similar charges, but the FBI has not said if their alleged crimes are connected.

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