Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to Foreign Terrorist Organization | Takeover bid
An Ohio man, who was due to begin his jury trial today, pleaded guilty Friday night to one count of attempting to provide material support – himself, as a staff – to foreign terrorist organizations, namely ISIS and ISIS Wilayat Khorasan (ISIS-K).
According to court documents, Naser Almadaoji, 22, a US citizen of Iraqi descent from Beavercreek, purchased a plane ticket to travel on October 24, 2018 and was arrested at John Glenn International Airport after checking in and have obtained their boarding pass.
The accused intended to travel to Astana, Kazahkstan, where he planned to be smuggled into Afghanistan in order to be able to join and receive military training from ISIS-K in support of both this terrorist group and ISIS. Almadaoji explained to an individual he believed to be a supporter of ISIS that he wanted “weapons experts to train, plan and execute, hit and run, capture high value targets, means of penetration in houses and avoid security guards. This type of training. He started planning his trips in September 2018.
Prior to that, between February 16 and 24, 2018, Almadaoji traveled to Egypt and Jordan with the aim of joining ISIS affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula, ISIS Wilayat Sinai, another designated foreign terrorist organization. , but he ultimately failed.
Almadaoji spoke online to an individual posing as an ISIS supporter about his planned plot to spark conflict in the United States between the federal government and anti-government militias. He asked the alleged ISIS supporter for a guide on how to make a car bomb.
In August 2018, Almadaoji also told the alleged ISIS supporter that he was “always willing” to help with “projects” in the United States.
Almadaoji recorded and sent a video of him wearing a headscarf and pledging allegiance to the head of ISIS.
Additionally, Almadaoji translated an alleged ISIS document from Arabic to English, and told his contact that Almadaoji believed he was ISIS: âDon’t thank me. . . it is my duty. “
Almadaoji pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. He is expected to be sentenced on January 31, 2022 and faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting Deputy Attorney General Mark J. Lesko of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice; Acting US Attorney Vipal J. Patel for the Southern District of Ohio; Deputy Director Timothy Langan of the FBI Counter-Terrorism Division; Special Agent in Charge J. William Rivers of the FBI Field Office in Cincinnati; director Alan J. Hill of Oakwood Public Safety; and Green County Sheriff Gene Fischer made the announcement.
Assistant U.S. prosecutors Dominick S. Gerace and Nicholas A. Dingeldein for the Southern District of Ohio, and trial prosecutor Justin Sher of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are continuing the case.