“He allegedly claimed that he wanted to fight with the Free Syrian Army, which opposes the Islamic State, or ISIS.” He must not have seen much difference between the two, if he wanted to fight with either one of them. And in reality, Free Syrian Army factions have on more than one occasion collaborated with the Islamic State. Only in the fantasies of Washington policymakers is there some huge gulf between the two.
“FBI: Mesquite man lied about Islamic State pledge,” by Kevin Krause, Dallas Morning News, June 11, 2015:
A Mesquite man faces federal charges of lying to the FBI about pledging allegiance to an Islamic State terrorist leader.
Agents arrested Bilal Abood, 37, last month. A magistrate judge ordered that he remain in federal custody as a flight risk. A one-count indictment issued Wednesday alleges that Abood made a false statement to a federal agency.
Abood pledged allegiance over social media to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State, and forwarded propaganda from the terrorist network, prosecutors said. He is accused of lying to the FBI about his allegiance to al-Baghdadi.
If convicted, Abood faces up to eight years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Abood traveled to Syria after FBI agents warned against that, according to prosecutors. He allegedly claimed that he wanted to fight with the Free Syrian Army, which opposes the Islamic State, or ISIS.
He was stopped at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and in San Antonio the first two times he tried to travel abroad but later crossed into Mexico and traveled to Syria through Turkey, authorities said.
But federal authorities allege that Abood’s real reason for trying to travel abroad was to wage jihad and die a martyr.
When questioned by the FBI, Abood denied providing financial support to the Islamic State or any other terrorist organizations.
But in July 2014, the FBI searched Abood’s computers and found that he pledged an oath to al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.