3 CHARGED IN U.S OVER SUPPORT TO ISLAMIC TERROR
Federal agents have arrested, unsealed on Thursday 01/07/2016, Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab (1), 23, an Iraqi-born Palestinian refugee in Sacramento on a charge that he lied to immigration authorities over his ties to terror groups and travel to Syria, where he allegedly fought before returning to the United States in 2014.
He is to appear in federal court on Friday 01/08/2016 at 2 p.m. Al-Jayab is being held in the Sacramento County jail without bail
“Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said in a statement.
Word of the complaint came amid reports of terror-related investigations in Milwaukee and Houston. Texas, and the announcement of another Iraqi refugee being arrested in the Texas city.
The criminal complaint and 18-page supporting FBI affidavit say Al-Jayab emigrated from Syria to the United States in 10/2012, where he initially lived in Tucson, Ariz., and then moved to Milwaukee before traveling overseas.
While he was living in Milwaukee, Al-Jayab allegedly began communicating with individuals in Syria about traveling there and about his past experience fighting overseas, the complaint says.
“America will not isolate me from my Islamic duty,” Al-Jayab allegedly wrote on 04/06/2013, to one acquaintance. “Only death will do us part. My only wish is to see you and start the action.”
At one point, Al-Jayab wrote to another person that “I am at the shooting club. I want to learn long-range shooting,” and sent photos from a gun range in Wisconsin as well as photos of himself with various weapons, the complaint states.
Investigators say Al-Jayab received about $4,500 from an auto insurance claim in November 2013 and bought an airline ticket from Chicago to Istanbul, Turkey, from which he crossed the border into Syria. While he was overseas, he allegedly communicated with associates and relatives about traveling to Syria to join up with terror groups to fight with them.
In 01/2014, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab returned to the USAs on a flight from London to Los Angeles and, later, Sacramento, the criminal complaint states. Upon entering the country in California, the complaint states, Al-Jayab listed only Jordan and the United Kingdom on a customs form listing where he had traveled.
He was interviewed by immigration authorities in 07/2014 & 10/2014 and said he had traveled to Turkey about six months earlier, the complaint states. In 07/2015, Aws Al-Jayab was interviewed again by FBI agents and told them “voluntarily and without solicitation from the FBI” about travel problems he was having at an airport, the complaint says.
Al-Jayab, who has relatives in Sacramento, faces up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Word of his arrest, his contacts in Wisconsin and another arrest in Texas spread quickly Thursday, with the Houston Chronicle reporting that officials in that state had been briefed on the matter.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Houston said Omar Faraj Saeed al-Hardan (2), 24, was arrested, on Wednesday 01/06/2016, at the Office of Homeland Security and was charged in a three-count indictment with lying to government agents and with providing material support to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
That suspect also was an Iraqi-born Palestinian who came to the United States in 11/2009 as a refugee. Omar Faraj Saeed al-Hardan was accused by federal authorities of associating with Islamic State members and sympathizers throughout 2014. Neither the complaint nor the indictment say how the two men are connected.
If convicted Al-Hardan faces the possibility of spending 20 years in a federal prison and a fine of $250,000 on the charge to provide support to ISIS alone.
The California attack, on 12/02/2015, came one day after a Lodi-area American Jihadist, Nicholas Teausant (3), pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to attempting to provide support to a terrorist organization. Prosecutors say Teausant, 22, tried to travel to Syria to join the group. He faces sentencing March 8 and could be given up to 15 years in prison. Nicholas Michael Teausant was sentenced, on Tuesday 08/07/2016, to 12 years in jail .
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