A federal judge ordered the arrest of an Iraqi man posing as a refugee to the U.S. who was allegedly working for terror army ISIS, according to reports.
According to the feds, Ashraf Al Safoo, 34, was spreading ISIS propaganda on social media to help the terrorist group recruit new members in the U.S. He was taken into custody on October 17.
According to NBC News:
Ashraf Al Safoo, 34, allegedly spread ISIS propaganda on social media to recruit and encourage people to commit violent acts in support of the terrorist group. Al Safoo, a naturalized American citizen of Iraqi descent, is an active member of the Khattab Media Foundation, an organization that creates pro-ISIS videos, articles and essays to spread across the internet, according to a criminal complaint.
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“This charge demonstrates that in order to keep our communities safe, law enforcement will vigorously pursue those who provide material support — in whatever form — to designated foreign terrorist organizations,” U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch said in a news release. “Today’s arrest is a testament to the commitment and dedication of our prosecutors and law enforcement partners who stand watch over our country.”
“Participate in the war, and spread fear,” the government said of Al Safoo’s May 23rd posting. “The Islamic State doesn’t want you to watch these publications only, rather IS [ISIS] wants to mobilize you. If you can’t, then work on mobilizing others for the cause.”
“Home-grown terrorists and ‘lone-actor’ operators continue to represent a threat to the homeland,” said the special-agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Chicago office Jeffrey Sallet. “The arrest today should send a clear message to these individuals, no matter who you are or where you may be, we will find you and arrest you.”
The feds nabbed Al Safoo in an undercover sting.
The accused terrorist has been in Chicago since being accepted into the U.S. in 2008.
Apparently, he has a criminal brother, too. His 29-year-old brother was sent up for a 12-year prison term for robbing two gas stations and a doughnut shop in the Chicagoland area
Al Safoo faces one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
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