US arrests man for alleged attempt to sponsor ISIS

US Justice Department says man was arrested in Ohio for providing support to ISIS

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A man was arrested on Friday in North Olmsted, Ohio accused of providing material support to ISIS.

Prosecutors said the man has been actively using social media since  last year to show his support for ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. According to the report, he has previously expressed his desire to launch an attack on the US.

Amir Said Abdul Rahman al Ghazi (38), who was previously named Robert McCollum, was charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and trafficking marijuana, according to the prosecutors.

He will be detained until a hearing on Wednesday, as ordered by a federal judge in Cleveland.

Recently, several others have been arrested across the US for allegedly supporting or attempting to support ISIS.

Some were accused of attempting to travel to Syria or Iraq to fight alongside ISIS while others were reportedly attempting individual attacks in the US on behalf of the group.

A New York man was arrested this week after being allegedly accused of having a connection to a bomb plot. Three others were also arrested as part of the investigation.

Moreover, on Thursday, Samuel Rahamin Topaz (21), was charged, in Fort Lee, New Jersey, with conspiring and providing material support to ISIS, according to the US Justice Department.

In April, two US women were arrested for allegedly having ties with ISIS. The FBI identified the women as 28-year-old Noelle Velentzas and 31-year-old Asia Siddiqui, and said the two had been researching instructions on how to make homemade bombs in order to carry out a terrorist attack in the US.


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