In alarming news out of Ohio, a 22-year-old Iraqi-born American citizen pleaded guilty last week to a single count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and ISIS Wilayat Khorasan (ISIS-K), both known foreign terrorist organizations, as the Washington Examiner reports.
A press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that Naser Almadaoji had intentions of joining and ultimately training with the terror groups and, to that end, bought himself a ticket to Astana, Kazakhstan back in 2018.
From there, Almadaoji hoped he could arrange to be smuggled into Afghanistan, but the entire plan was foiled by his arrest, which occurred before his flight from the Columbus airport was even able to depart.
According to a conversation the Beavercreek man had with an individual he erroneously thought was an ISIS supporter like himself, his desire was to obtain “weapons experts training, planning and executing, hit and run, capturing high value targets, ways to break into homes and avoid security guards. That type of training.”
Almadaoji also explained to an informant posing online as a fellow ISIS supporter that he endeavored to foment some kind of conflict within the United States between anti-government militia members and federal authorities.
Furthermore, the accused, had filmed himself pledging his allegiance to ISIS and its leader, while wearing a headscarf, and he also completed a translation of document of purported ISIS origins from Arabic into English, telling someone he thought was also an ISIS supporter, “Don’t thank me…it’s my duty.”
A trial in Almadaoji’s case was scheduled to begin this past Monday, but the defendant instead chose to plead guilty on the preceding Friday evening.
The DOJ noted that Almadaoji faces up to 20 years in prison as a result of his plea, and a district court judge will make a sentencing determination in the context of prevailing federal guidelines and other relevant statutory factors.
Formal sentencing is slated to take place on Jan. 31 of 2022, and hopefully the presiding judge will send a strong message that the type of conduct in which Almadaoji engaged cannot and will not be tolerated.