U.S. authorities arrested a man in western New York and charged him with supporting Islamic State. It is said that he had been supporting ISIS by traveling to Turkey.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) discovered the attempt of Arafat Nagi, 42, of Lackawanna, New York, to provide material support to a terrorist organization. The discovery was made when he had purchased military equipment and travelled to Turkey twice to meet with the members of Islamic State.
“Thanks to the combined efforts of law enforcement and community members, this defendant is no longer capable of achieving his goal of joining the most despicable group of our time,” U.S. Attorney William Hochul told reporters.
Nagi had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, court documents said. He traveled to Turkey in October 2012 and July 2014 with the aim of meeting with members of the group, according to the documents.
Among the gear were body armor, a machete and night vision goggles.
Nagi was due to appear in court in the Western District of New York on Wednesday. His charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
News Source: Reuters