A 43-year-old suspect from Brooklyn was indicted this week for allegedly traveling to Syria and joining the Islamic State terror organization as a sniper.
“A 43-year-old man from Brooklyn, N.Y., who allegedly became an ISIS sniper and then a high-ranking emir in the terror organization has been indicted for aiding the group in Syria, Department of Justice officials announced Wednesday,” reports Fox News. “Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kazakhstan, was charged with conspiracy to provide and providing material support to ISIS, including weapons training for recruits and advising the militant group, the statement said. He was also charged with obstruction of justice.”
Asainov allegedly traveled to Syria in 2013, and reportedly requested $2800 from an informant to purchase a military-style rifle scope.
American Citizen, an Alleged ISIS Sniper and Weapons Instructor, Indicted for Providing Material Support to ISIS https://t.co/szd21NI8Ul
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) September 4, 2019
The suspect was eventually detained by pro-American forces in Syria.
“A five-count indictment was filed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, 43, also known as ‘Suleiman Al-Amriki’ and ‘Suleiman Al-Kazakhi,’ with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS; providing material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, training, expert advice and assistance and weapons; receipt of military-type training from ISIS; and obstruction of justice. If convicted, Asainov faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Asainov will be arraigned at a later date,” reads the statement from the Department of Justice.
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'IT WAS IRAN': Israel Says TEHRAN Behind Gaza Mortar Barrage
Israeli officials publicly blamed Iran for the recent mortar attack on southern Israel Wednesday, saying Tehran was the “culprit” behind the barrage that included 180 Iranian-manufactured shells.
According to the Jerusalem Post, IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis confirmed the mortar shells were produced inside the Islamic Republic and smuggled into the region by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
“Despite Israel’s intelligence superiority over terror groups, as well a blockade imposed both by the IDF and Egypt, Hamas and other terror groups in the Strip have restocked their supply of weapons in the four years since the last round of fighting between Israel and Hamas,” writes the Post.
“The mass-produced Iranian mortar shells used in Tuesday’s salvos were also used by Islamic Jihad in an attack in January and in a barrage 12 mortar shells fired toward an army outpost in November,” adds the author.
The revelation raises new questions over Iran’s influence in the region as the United States urges western allies and other nations to help clampdown on Tehran’s nuclear program.
ANARCHY IN THE UK: Vicious Hate Preacher Released from UK Prison
Anti-western and pro-ISIS Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary was released from a United Kingdom jail this week; serving half his prison sentence for urging Islamic State fighters to wage holy war on the UK.
“He was seen this morning leaving prison in a car with blacked out windows, escorted by two police vehicles,” writes the Sun. “Later, he was seen leaving the hostel flanked by cops. When asked questions about his release, he smiles but remained silent however.”
The hate preacher was released after “reaching the halfway point” of his five-year sentence.
His fiery sermons and vicious anti-western propaganda partially inspired at least two attacks in London: a vehicular assault on a major bridge and the killing of soldier Lee Rigby.
“I think it is disgusting that he is here and freed so early given what he is responsible for,” said one local. “It is repugnant to think that this man who inspired terrorists is now living here.”
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