WASHINGTON (AFP) – A Yemini-born US man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly providing material support to the Islamic State by recruiting members for the militant group.
Mufid Elfgeeh, a naturalised US citizen, attempted to draft three individuals, two of whom worked in conjunction with the FBI as informants, into the services of the IS organisation.
The resident of Rochester, New York, was also charged with one count of attempted murder of current and former US military, having plotted to shoot and kill members returned from Iraq, according to the indictment.
In 2013 and early 2014, Elfgeeh, 30, encouraged and helped prepare the two confidential sources “to travel overseas to engage in violent wars,” a statement from the Department of Justice said.
He also sent $600 to an individual in Yemen for travel to Syria to join the IS fight.
US Marshalls lead Mufid Elfgeeh out of Federal Court in Rochester – AP
“Elfgeeh attempted to assist all three individuals in traveling to Syria to join and fight on behalf of ISIS,” the Department of Justice said, using an alternate acronym for the IS group, which also goes by ISIL.