AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Central Texas man will spend 10 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material to support terrorists. Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 24, plead guilty last summer to the charge and was sentenced on Friday afternoon.
Khan was arrested at his home on Pebblestone Trail in Round Rock in June 2014. Authorities say he conspired with others to recruit people who would “travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad.”
Authorities say Khan connected a confidential FBI source with co-conspirators who eventually discussed the secret source’s “passport and possible routes to move [the source] into Somalia to join al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated , [terrorist organization].”
Khan admitted that from March 2011 to January 2012, he conspired to provide material support to terrorists.
The documents also say the FBI source met with Khan in Austin, in an unrecorded meeting. Investigators believe Khan said that “he could not wait to spill blood. Khan said that he was actively searching for recruits for [a conspirator] and he was the only person he knew of doing this.”
Khan was a full-time student at the University of Texas at Austin when he was arrested.
According to court records, Khan also led a group of individuals in the Austin area who pledged loyalty to the now-deceased Taliban and terrorist leader, Mullah Omar. Michael Todd Wolfe, 24, was a part of Khan’s group. Wolfe was arrested by FBI agents on June 17, 2014, in Houston, as he was about to board a plane as a first step towards his goal of joining and fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Wolfe was sentenced to 82 months in prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIL.