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US Teen Jailed for 11 Years for Supporting IS

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FILE - An image taken from video uploaded Aamaq News Agency, a YouTube channel which posts videos from areas under the Islamic State group's control, allegedly shows an IS fighter hanging a flag of the group in a street of Ramadi, Iraq.

FILE - An image taken from video uploaded Aamaq News Agency, a YouTube channel which posts videos from areas under the Islamic State group's control, allegedly shows an IS fighter hanging a flag of the group in a street of Ramadi, Iraq.

A teenager in Virginia has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support and resources to Islamic State.

Seventeen year-old Ali Shukri Amin pleaded guilty in federal court in June to charges of using his Twitter account to send "encouragement and advice" to Islamic State members and their supporters.

He also admitted helping another Virginian, Reza Niknejad, travel to Syria to join the militants.

"Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIL,” said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente.

Also Friday, a federal judge in Florida sentenced Kenyan citizen Mohamed Hussein Said to 15 years behind bars for sending material support to three different terrorist groups: al-Qaida; the al-Nusrah Front, the al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq; and Somalia's al-Shabab.

Said pleaded guilty in May to receiving funds from another suspect which would be sent to al-Shabab. He also admitted to trying to recruit terrorist fighters for attacks inside the United States.

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