The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been the main focus of the top brass of the United States. The group currently controls hundreds of square miles and is known for killing dozens at a time, even performing public executions and crucifixions. They got on the United States’ radar after beheading Americans on camera. While the US looks to possibly go to war, recently, an upstate New Yorker has been charged for looking to aid this extremist group.
Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 30, got caught up in a sting. He is charged with trying to help three government operatives posing as militants planning to travel to Syria to participate in “violent jihad” alongside ISIS. He is also charged with attempted murder of military personnel (current and former) who had returned from Iraq and possession of firearms with silencers. He planned on using the guns to kill the returned veterans.
According to the New York Times:
The authorities said that in the last year Mr. Elfgeeh had taken “several steps to prepare the men for the trip,” including sending $600 to a person in Yemen to assist the men in traveling to Syria from Yemen.
Mr. Elfgeeh told one of the men that he was thinking about getting a gun, ammunition and a bulletproof vest and would “just go around and start shooting,” the Justice Department said. Later, Mr. Elfgeeh gave the man $1,050 in cash to buy two handguns with silencers. In May, Mr. Elfgeeh was given the weapons and was then arrested by the Rochester Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Attorney General Eric Holder said on the matter:
“We will remain aggressive in identifying and disrupting those who seek to provide support to ISIL (ISIS) and other terrorist groups that are bent on inflicting harm upon Americans. As this case shows, our agents and prosecutors are using all the investigative tools at our disposal to break up these plots before individuals can put their plans into action.
“We are focused on breaking up these activities on the front end, before supporters of ISIL can make good on plans to travel to the region or recruit sympathizers to this cause,” he said, referring to the Islamic State.