Two men from New York have been charged over their alleged plans to support and fight for the Islamic State, authorities say.
Parveg Ahmed, was arrested by authorities whilst trying to enter Syria, having flown to Saudi Arabia with a friend to celebrate Ramadan, The New York Times reported.
After returning to Brooklyn, New York, authorities obtained a warrant for his laptop and found recordings of sermons by Anwar al-Awlaki, a prominent American-born Islamic cleric who was assassinated in 2011, as well as a lecture by Abdullah el-Faisal, a Jamaican-born Islamic radical.
Court documents also reveal that back in October 2014, Ahmed wrote on one of his social media accounts that “jihadis” are “Muslims who fight to establish the Sharia IN THEIR OWN LANDS,” and that Americans remains “the real terrorists.”
A few months later, he posted a message on Twitter saying that “the war on the Islamic State is a war of the ideologies” and sent a private message to a friend declaring that the only country sufficiently “honoring the Almighty is the Islamic State.”
Ahmed has yet to enter a plea.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Abror Habibo, an Uzbeki-American living in Queens, New York, has pleaded guilty to charges of agreeing to fund terrorist activity, after he bought another man, Akhror Saidakhmetov, a ticket to Turkey to carry on to Syria and join the Islamic State.
Habibo, who ran a chain of mall kiosks along the east coast, also told Saidakhmetov he would buy him a firearm.
“While doing these things, I knew it was illegal,” Habibov said.
Both men now face up to 35 years in prison.
However, Habivov’s lawyer, Anna Sideris, said she hoped “personal history and circumstances” could encourage leniency from the judge.
The two men are just some of dozens of American Muslims to be charged with supporting ISIS, with the caliphate previously claiming they have over 70 fighters across 15 separate states, including Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan.
In April, Joseph D. Jones and Edward Schimenti, who went respectively by the names “Yusuf Abdulhaqq” and “Abdul Wali,” were arrested by the FBI in Zion, Illinois, and charged with providing material support for terrorism.
Last month, Saddam Mohamed Raishani was also arrested at JFK International Airport and charged with attempting to join the Islamic State.