American citizen arrested, allegedly joined ISIS as a sniper

20 Juillet, 2019, 05:26 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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He is expected to appear in court Friday afternoon.

A Brooklyn man who ditched the borough in 2013 to fight for ISIS was charged Friday with providing material support to the terrorist organization, federal prosecutors announced.

The naturalized USA citizen born in Kazakhstan spent from 1998 to 2013 living in Brooklyn before flying to Istanbul in December 2013 and making his way into Syria, where he became a sniper for the organization, a criminal complaint said. It's not clear when Asainov was detained.

Asainov was arrested in Syria and "recently transferred into Federal Bureau of Investigation custody". The government is arguing for his continued detention, pending trial.

A US citizen from Kazakhstan who became a sniper and weapons trainer for the Islamic State group has been detained without bail.

Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a 42-year-old naturalized US citizen originally from Kazakhstan, was charged with providing material support to the terrorist organization, including providing training to terrorist soldiers and attempting to recruit personnel.

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"The United States is committed to holding accountable those who have left this country in order to fight for ISIS", said a Justice Department spokesman, Marc Raimondi.

"When supported by the facts and the law, the Department of Justice will pursue criminal charges against such individuals".

According to investigators, in December 2013, Asainov traveled to Istanbul, a common transit point to gain entry into Syria.

"The defendant, a naturalized USA citizen residing in Brooklyn, turned his back on the country that took him in and joined ISIS, serving its violent ends in Syria and attempting to recruit others to its cause", Donoghue said.

Prosecutors say Asainov first became a sniper for the Islamic State group before rising to an "emir" status and training other fighters. One of the soldiers was "wearing a patch that identifies him as an ISIS fighter", according to the complaint.

Asainov's attorney also says she imagines that her client will be indicted for providing material support to ISIS. He allegedly asked the confidential informant to send him $2,800 to buy a scope for his rifle, though the informant did not send the money. He also sent two photographs of himself dressed in combat fatigues and holding what court papers described as a "large-caliber assault rifle, fitted with a scope".

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