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.
Read the full report at Fox News.