Former Air Force Airman Charged with Terrorism

Sohiel Omar Kabir is a former US Air Force Airman who has been arrested in Afghanistan for recruiting and plotting terrorist attacks against US interests, including US military facilities in Afghanistan.

Kabir, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan, served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001. He spent some time at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., pulling aircraft or vehicle parts from a supply store. He was administratively separated for unknown reasons and was given an honorable discharge, the military said.

“It was a standard enlistment that ended early but not for reasons of misconduct,” said Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.

The timing of the unusual end of his service — 2001 — combined with his current goals is interesting.

Kabir’s recruiting effort joins 12 other attempted or successful attacks on the US military by those apparently motivated by their Islamic faith, four of whom were actually members of the US military: