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19-Year-Old Charged With ISIS Support.

WASHINGTON — A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested and charged Thursday with conspiracy and providing material support to the Islamic State terror group by advocating violence against the U.S. as part of a social media campaign using nearly 60 Twitter accounts. Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, who was due to make his first appearance late Thursday in a Harrisburg federal court, also is accused of assisting other ISIL recruits in their attempts to join the terror group on the battlefield in Syria.

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. Federal prosecutors say a backpack in Aziz’s closet contained five loaded high-capacity magazines, a modified kitchen knife, a thumb drive, medication and a balaclava, leading them to suspect he may have been plotting an attack. 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. On at least three occasions, Aziz also allegedly used his Twitter accounts and other electronic communication services to assist persons seeking to travel to and fight for ISIL.

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 one case, Aziz allegedly acted as a go-between, passing maps and telephone numbers, between a person in Turkey and several well-known members of ISIS. 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. According to the allegations in the complaint, Aziz passed location information, including maps and a telephone number, between these ISIL supporters.

If convicted, the defendants’ sentence will be determined by the court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, and the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Robert Sander and Adam L Small of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section and Assistant United States Attorney Daryl Bloom of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Limited copyright is granted for you to use and/or republish any story on this site for any legitimate media purpose as long as you reference 7thSpace and any source mentioned in the story above.

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