A Lackawanna, NY man named Arafat M. Nagi was arrested by Department of Justice officials after attempting to join ISIS.
This is far from Nagi’s first run in with officials – he even once was accused of threatening to behead his own daughter!
Nagi made two separate trips to Turkey in an attempt to join the Islamic state. He purchased combat gear and headed to Yemen before ultimately heading back to America without being made an official member.
Upon his return he told customs agents that he did not support ISIS or Al Qaeda and was labeled by the FBI as “a person previously convicted of terrorism offenses who is cooperating with the government.”
These comments were in stark contrast to the troubling texts he sent to friends and family. According to members of the Lackawanna community who filed the complaint, “Nagi espoused violent jihad and constituted a threat to those in the United States,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said during a press conference today.
His neighbors however are more shocked. One man said “He was helping with the soccer club. It’s not like he was a bad guy.”
Nagi faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
From Fox News:
A 44-year-old New York man, who was once accused of threatening to behead his daughter, twice journeyed to Turkey with the intention of joining ISIS, according to the Department of Justice.
Lackawanna resident Arafat M. Nagi could face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for and attempting to provide the terrorist group material support and resources
“Unfortunately this is yet another occasion when the worldwide fight against international terrorism has returned to Western New York,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said during a press conference on Wednesday.
Nagi was first identified to the FBI by “a person previously convicted of terrorism offenses who is cooperating with the government,” according to the DOJ complaint.
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