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Ahmad Rahami Charged in SDNY and New Jersey

The Justice Department has now issued a press release on the charges leveled against Ahmad Khan Rahami for his suspected role in the bombings this past weekend in New York and New Jersey. With the glut of news available on Rahami's arrest and possible motives, it's useful to take a step back and review the information presented in the press release and the criminal complaints now filed against Rahami.


International Terrorism Prosecutions: Extraditions

In a federal district court in Washington, D.C. this past Thursday, Irfan Demirtas pleaded guilty to providing material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). Unlike many of the recent FBI arrestees, who tend to be young men travelling to fight for ISIL, the defendant in this case is 58 years old and charged with supporting a terrorist group that many Americans have never heard of.


Domestic Terrorism Prosecutions: From Mississippi to Upstate New York

Last Thursday, two material support defendants had important dates in federal district court. In the Northern District of Mississippi, Jaelyn Delshaun Young was sentenced to 12 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to ISIL. Meanwhile, in the Western District of New York, Emanuel L. Lutchman pleaded guilty to the same charge.

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More ISIL Cases: A Cop Gets Arrested and an Ohio Man Pleads Guilty

On Wednesday in Fairfax, Virginia, the FBI arrested Nicholas Young, a 36-year-old police officer with the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority, on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIL. As we mentioned several weeks ago, the Washington, D.C. area has recently seen an uptick in men attempting to travel overseas to join ISIL, or otherwise providing support to the designated terrorist group.


New ISIL Material Support Charges Filed: Bailor Jalloh

Last Tuesday, the FBI arrested a 26 year-old man just outside Washington, DC in Sterling, Virginia. According to the Justice Department’s press release, Bailor Jalloh was charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIL by assisting in the procurement of weapons to be used in an attack on U.S. soil, as well as sending funds to the terrorist group.


California Terrorism Update

Yesterday in the Central District of California, Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel—two men from Anaheim—were convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State. According to the complaint, Elhuzayel re-tweeted Elton Simpson's final tweet, praising Simpson after he was killed during an attack on a conference in Garland, Texas.

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