Young Pennsylvania man arrested on terrorism charges

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DOJ: Harrisburg Teenager Charged With Providing Material Support To ISIS.

A Pennsylvania 19-year-old pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, used Twitter to spread its propaganda and had a backpack with ammunition that suggests he might have been plotting an attack, federal authorities said Thursday. From within his parents’ house, Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz created a stockpile of weapons and spent his days chatting about buying women as slaves and killing US soliders, using Twitter handles like @MuslimBruh0. Federal prosecutors said a search of Aziz’s residence resulted in the seizure of ammunition magazines, survival equipment and a knife and tactical-style backpack. Aziz is alleged to have posted a hyperlink containing the names, addresses and other personal information of 100 reported U.S. military members and calls for violence against them. Court documents said a “go bag” or “tactical-style backpack” found in Aziz’s closet during a Nov. 27 search contained a high-capacity magazine loaded with ammunition, a modified kitchen knife, a thumb drive, a tin filled with medicine and a full-face mask similar to those worn by Islamic State militants.

As soon as Twitter closed one account, Aziz would open another: It appears that Twitter routinely suspends AZIZ’s accounts due to the radical nature of his postings, which violate Twitter’s policies. AZIZ then responds by creating backup accounts or opening a new Twitter account with slightly different variations of the common user names that he uses.

The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold accountable any and all those who seek to provide material support to terrorists, and to disrupt potential attacks in the United States before they happen.” “I commend the FBI, U.S. At least three times, according to court documents, Aziz used his Twitter accounts and other electronic communications to help others, including one instance when he allegedly served as an intermediary between a person in Turkey and several “well-known” ISIL members. Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police, along with local law enforcement and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, for their efforts in apprehending this individual for his alleged efforts to aid ISIL.

We understand that this individual is a U.S. citizen and his arrest is a reminder that we must remain vigilant, strong and focused on anyone here in the state who may seek to harm Pennsylvanians. In an affadavit filed today, investigators said Aziz, using the Twitter account @AnsaraUmmah8 in January, allegedly tweeted “#KillAllKufar KillAllKufar KillAllKufar KillAllKufar KillAllKufar” Kufar means “infidels” or “non-believers.” Later the same month, Aziz, using Twitter account @Colonel_Shami allegedlytweeted “#IS ‘Know O Obama, that we are coming to America and know that we will sever your head in the White House.” The post included a picture of a beheading. My administration is in constant communication with our law enforcement partners and will continue to assist in any way possible. “ The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Philadelphia JTTF.

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