nationalsecuritylaw United States v. Saleh (E.D.N.Y.) (ISIL material support case)

From the press release:

WASHINGTON – A criminal complaint was unsealed today in the Eastern District of New York charging Ali Saleh, 22, of Queens, New York, with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Saleh was arrested earlier today at his residence in Queens and his initial appearance is scheduled for this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann of the Eastern District of New York.

As set forth in court documents, in the last year, Saleh made multiple attempts to travel to the Middle East to join ISIL. In August 2014, he made a flight reservation to travel from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Istanbul. A few days earlier, Saleh used his Twitter account to post, “I’m ready to die for the Caliphate, prison is nothing.” Saleh was unable to travel at that time, but continued to pursue his goal of traveling overseas to join ISIL. For example, in July 2015, Saleh made a flight reservation to travel from JFK to Cairo. On the same day, Saleh used his Twitter account to communicate with an ISIL facilitator who instructed followers to contact him “for hijrah advice to IS in Libya ONLY.” Saleh was denied boarding at JFK Airport by airline personnel. Over the span of the next two days, Saleh subsequently continued his attempts to travel to the Middle East by visiting Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and Philadelphia International Airport, where he was again denied boarding. Saleh then made his way to an Amtrak station in Cleveland in an attempt to take a train to Toronto and travel to the Middle East from there. In a subsequent interview with law enforcement officers, Saleh indicated that were he not arrested, he would have continued to attempt to travel to the Middle East.

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