“Aziz pledged allegiance to ISIS in June 2014, agents said, and made online threats to kill non-Muslims and to behead President Obama in the White House. He also discussed buying women held captive by ISIS.” Not, certainly, from his local moderate mosque! But don’t be concerned: no doubt John Kerry and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are sending representatives to Harrisburg right now, in order to explain to Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz how he is misunderstanding his peaceful religion.
“Harrisburg terrorist suspect indicted by federal grand jury for aiding ISIS,” by Matt Miller, Penn Live, December 22, 2015:
A Harrisburg terrorist suspect who was arrested in an FBI raid last week was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges that he actively aided the ISIS terrorist group.
That jury, sitting in Harrisburg, indicted Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, 19, on counts of conspiring to and attempting to provide material and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, filings in U.S. Middle District Court show.
The succinct two-page indictment names ISIS – or ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as the federal government calls it – as the intended beneficiary of the Fulton Street resident’s efforts. He is accused of trying to aid the group, largely through Internet activity, between July 2014 and last Thursday.
Filing of the indictment was not unexpected, because U.S. Attorney Peter Smith indicated when Aziz was arrested on Dec. 17 that a grand jury was probing the case. Aziz is scheduled to appear in federal court for arraignment Wednesday afternoon. If convicted on the charges, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Federal investigators said Aziz, a U.S. citizen, spread ISIS propaganda, including videos of beheadings, through Twitter, and provided aid to recruits trying to reach the group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.
Aziz pledged allegiance to ISIS in June 2014, agents said, and made online threats to kill non-Muslims and to behead President Obama in the White House. He also discussed buying women held captive by ISIS.
Investigators said a tactical backpack, rifle ammunition, gun clips and a modified kitchen knife were found in Aziz’s closet, along with a head wrap used by ISIS members to hide their faces.