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US Resident Charged with Ties to IS


File - Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington.

File - Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in Washington.

A U.S. resident has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to Islamic State, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement Friday.

A grand jury indicted Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 26, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a Washington suburb, late Thursday for aiding and abetting the provision of material support to ISIS and making false statements to the FBI.

The statement said that Elhassan unlawfully and knowingly conspired with another individual, Joseph Hassan Farrokh, in assisting him to fly overseas to join ISIS.

Farrokh had said that neither he nor Farrokh supported ISIS, or tried to find someone to help them get to ISIS.

According to the indictment, Elhassan knowingly, unlawfully and willfully made material false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations to the FBI about Farrokh’s travel in a matter involving international terrorism.

On January 15, 2016, Elhassan told FBI agents that Farrokh had departed Dulles Airport earlier that day to attend a funeral in California.

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