Muslim convert known as 'the tartan Taliban' accused of teaching bombmaking and funding terror groups

Muslim convert known as Tartan Taliban accused of teaching bomb making and funding extremist groups

James McLintock is accused of teaching people how to make bombs (Stock image)

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Muslim convert known as 'the tartan Taliban' has been accused of teaching people how to detonate roadside bombs and funding extremism.

The Action on Armed Violence charity has released a dossier which includes James McLintock, who has changed his name to Yaqoob Mansoor Al-Rashidi, according to The Scotsman.

The 53-year-old is the president of Al Rahmah Welfare Organisation, which is supposed to help orphaned children.

But the report by the charity said: “McLintock is said to have hired fighters to obtain photos and personal details of children in order to create falsified dossiers and attract funding for the Taliban under the guise of supporting orphans.

“In 2013, McLintock met with several Taliban commanders and was actively involved in preparing madrasa [Islamic school] students to travel and fight in Afghanistan, as well as teaching insurgents how to use IEDs."

The US Treasury believes the charity used more than $180,000 (£138,000) given in donations meant for orphans to fund the Taliban, Afghan extremist groups, Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Both the charity and McLintock, who was born in Dundee, have denied the allegations.

McLintock previously fought against communist Russians in Afghanistan before being arrested and interrogated in 2001, near the Afghan border.

Documents released by WikiLeaks three years ago have also claimed that McLintock had links to Al-Qaeda leader Ali Muhammad Abdul Aziz al-Fahkri.

The US Treasury put the man on their global terrorist list last year, meaning Americans are banned from conducting business with him.