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Oded Orbach and Alwar Pouryan are accused of trying to sell surface-to-air missiles to confidential sources of the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration who posed as representatives of the Taliban.
The two allegedly met with the confidential sources beginning in October in Ghana, Ukraine and Romania about the prices, technical specifications and requirements for training for the sale of weapons.
"This alleged effort to arm and enrich the Taliban is the latest example of the dangers of an interconnected world in which terrorists and drug runners can link up across continents to harm Americans," US attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement.
"Today we eliminated an entrenched global criminal network, preventing it from moving ton quantities of coc aine, laundering millions in drug money, and trading arms to the Taliban to undermine the rule of law and kill Americans. West Africa has emerged as a place where drugs and terror intersect," said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.