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Man held for bid to help ISIS
Man held for bid to help ISIS

BY A STAFF WRITER

NEW YORK, NY -- A Queens man who federal prosecutors say worshipped radical Islamic clerics and defended the 9/11 attacks was charged on August 29 with trying to aid ISIS in Syria through a "violent jihad."

Parveg Ahmed, 22, was arrested on August 28 at JFK Airport after being deported from the Middle East where he had been trying to enter Syria, according to the US Attorney’s Eastern District Office.

He was charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

Investigators found a text on his phone from June stating, "We have made it to Dawlatul Islam (ISIS) in Syria. Insha Allah (God willing) we will join the Jihad very soon and Insha Allah [God willing] we will then join the ranks of the Shuhuda (martyrs). The West has invaded the land of the Muslims and is constantly attacking it,” according to court papers.

They also found a picture of five men hanging by their necks with the caption, "Gay men to be hanged," as well as texts justifying the 9/11 attacks and a picture of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Ahmed also took to social media to post support statements for terrorist organizations, including, “Who are Jihadis? Muslims who fight to establish the Sharia IN THEIR OWN LANDS, wanted by MAJORITY of the people. USA are the real terrorists,” according to a criminal complaint.

His internet browsing history also showed he researched maps of ISIS-controlled locations.


FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said the bureau is on high alert for threats against the city.

He faces up to 20 years if convicted.

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Update: 09-September-2017

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