The Islamic State extremist group has ravaged parts of Iraq and Syria, with reports of operations throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. After a recent arrest in New York, it appears that the designated terrorist organization are making attempts to garner support from Americans who wish to join its cause.
The FBI announced the arrest of a trio of Brooklyn men who were charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide support to the group largely referred to as ISIS or ISIL. Two of the men, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, and Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, were making plans to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State efforts or commit a violent terrorist act in the United States if their move was foiled. The third man, Abror Habibov, 30, was charged with financing the entire ordeal.
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“The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “As alleged in the complaint, two of the defendants in this case sought to travel to Syria to join ISIL but were also prepared to wage violent jihad here in the United States. A third defendant allegedly provided financial assistance and encouragement. We will vigorously prosecute those who attempt to travel to Syria to wage violent jihad on behalf of ISIL and those who support them. Anyone who threatens our citizens and our allies, here or abroad, will face the full force of American justice.” Ms. Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, which comprises a large number of federal, state, and local agencies from the region.
“The charges against Juraboev, Saidakhmetov and Habibov reflect our commitment to finding those who wish to provide material support to ISIL, as well as those committed to fighting on behalf of ISIL, either at home or abroad, and preventing them from doing so,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “The National Security Division will continue to work to stem the flow of foreign fighters and financial resources to terrorist organizations operating in Iraq and Syria. I would like to commend all those whose tireless efforts helped bring these charges.”
Juraboev and Saidakhmetov appeared before a judge Wednesday to hear their charges. Habibov was scheduled to appear that same day in Jacksonville, Fla.