Mississippi Woman Guilty of Conspiring with Boyfriend to Aid Islamic State

A photo posted on internet on April 7, 2015 shows ISIS or Daesh (Daech) or "Islamic State" group militants posing in Yarmouk (Yarmuk) Palestinian camp, located in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, that is partially now under their control. Photo by Balkis Press/Sipa USA
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An investigation by the FBI and a division of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) has led to two individuals in Mississippi pleading guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an organization that has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization.

Jaelyn Delshaun Young pleaded guilty to conspiring with Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla to provide material support to ISIL. Dakhlalla pleaded guilty to the same charge on March 13.

The 22-year-old Dakhalla and 19-year-old Young both lived in Starkville, Mississippi. According to court documents obtained by Breitbart Texas, Young was going to “nikkah” with Dakhalla on June 6, 2015, so they could travel together without an escort. A nikkah is an Islamic marriage. The affidavit of a FBI Special Agent stated that Dakhlalla and Young are supporters of ISIL and wished to travel to Syria to join ISIL.

In order to commit the crime of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a person must have knowledge that the organization is a designated terrorist organization, or that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorist activity.

The term “material support or resources” under federal law “means any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments of financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel (1 or more individuals who may be or include oneself), and transportation, except medicine or religious materials.”

On May 13, 2015, an FBI employee had online contact with Young and she expressed a desire to travel to Syria to support ISIL. She also made several supportive statements of ISIL.

On or about May 21,2015, Young was identified by an FBI employee through social media platforms as a supporter of the terrorist organization ISIL.

On the same day, Young’s Twitter page contained the following messages:

@1_ Modest_ Woman $$$ 101′ plane tickets

The only thing keeping me away is $$$ but working all of this overtime will be worth when I am finally there. #baqiya

I just want to be there :( #IS.

According to the affidavit, “‘Baqiya’ is an Islamic term with a literal meaning of ‘remains,’ likely referring to the ISIL slogan ‘baqiya wa tatamaddad’ which translates as remaining and expanding.'”

Young expressed a readiness to swear allegiance and join ISIL.

Young messaged:

Okay, I trust you Ukhti :) He (Dakhlalla) just really wants to make it to Dawlah to rectify the falsehoods here. I cannot wait to get to Dawlah so I can be amongst my brothers and sisters under the protection of Allah swt and to raise little Dawlah cubs In sha Allah.

The affidavit states that “Dawlah is a reference to ‘ad-Dawlah al-lslamiyah,’ which translates to Islamic State. The term Dawlah is ISIL’s preferred name for itself.”

Young told the undercover FBI investigators that “Dakhlalla says a lot of Muslims are caught on their doubts of IS bc of what US media says and he wants to assure them the US media is all lies when regarding Dawlah. After he sees change in that, he wanted to join the Mujahideen Ukhti.”

“Mujahideen” is Arabic and is the plural form of mujahid, a term for a person engaged in jihad.

Young said that she and Dakhlalla had computer and other skills that she could use to aid ISIS.

On May 29, 2015, Young engaged in an online conversation with an FBI employee and “Young made it clear that, in relation to the Muslim family with whom she spends a great deal of time, and her local community as a whole, ‘many of the family members and members of the community do not support Dawlah …. Young expressed that she disagreed with those family and community members and stated ‘… Dawlah is correct.'”

Young was taken into the custody of the United States Marshall’s Service and is awaiting sentencing. She faces up to twenty years in federal prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Mississippi.

The plea was announced in court on Tuesday by an assistant Attorney General in the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Lana Shadwick is a writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as an associate judge and prosecutor in Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2


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