Friday, December 20, 2013

Israeli-American Gets 25 Years for Weapons Plot; Oded Orbach Tried to Supply Taliban with Missiles

An Israeli-American man -- caught in a sting operation trying to sell weapons to Taliban terrorists -- was sentenced on December 18 to 25 years in prison, the Jewish Press website reports today (December 20, 2013).

Oded Orbach, 55, of Highland Park, Illinois, was convicted in April of conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban and conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles.

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency undercover operation caught Orbach and six other men, who agreed to provide military weapons to an individual they believed to represent the Taliban. The weapons included heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles.

The men traveled to Africa, Ukraine, and Romania to arrange a sale of $25 million in weapons, ammunition, and training to the man they believed to be a Taliban official. Instead, the men were arrested in February 2011 in Romania and extradited to the United States to face trial.

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