Maryland man charged with supporting ISIS

30-year-old Maryland man charged with accepting money he believed was from an ISIS supporter.

Ben Ariel,

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A Maryland man was charged with accepting money he believed was from an Islamic State (ISIS) supporter overseas for "operational purposes" in the U.S., NBC News reported Monday.

According to the network, the Justice Department disclosed that Mohamed Elshinawy, 30, of Edgewood, Maryland, was arrested on Friday and charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization.

"Mohamed Elshinawy received money he believed was provided by ISIL in order to conduct an attack on U.S. soil," said assistant attorney general John Carlin, using another acronym for ISIS.

"When confronted by the FBI, he lied in order to conceal his support for ISIL and the steps he took to provide material support to the deadly foreign terrorist organization," he added, according to NBC News.

According to court documents cited by the network, the FBI discovered in June that a person in Egypt was trying to send money to the U.S. for potentially criminal purposes. Investigators say that person began sending money to Elsinaway on June 28.

In all, prosecutors say, he received at least $8,700 from sources he believed were associated with ISIS.

The documents say he pledged his support to ISIS in February and said his "soul was over there with the jihadists." In May, the FBI says, he told his brother that he wanted to die as a martyr for ISIS.

FBI agents interviewed him in July. After first concealing the source of the money, prosecutors say, he revealed that a childhood friend connected him with an unidentified ISIS member. But he told the FBI he never intended to carry out an attack and was only trying to get money from ISIS.

The case is the latest example of radicalization, which was most recently illustrated in the shooting attack in San Bernardino, California, where the attackers are believed to had been radicalized for quite some time.

In fact, American authorities over the past year or so have arrested and charged several people of supporting ISIS.

These included a 16-year-old accused of planning to join the group and who was found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm in South Carolina, having been charged with this offense as South Carolina has no anti-terrorism laws.

His conviction followed the arrest of six Somali Americans from Minnesota who allegedly planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

Faisal Mohammad, a California college student who recently stabbed four people was reported to have been carrying an image of the black flag of ISIS as well as a handwritten manifesto with instructions to behead a student and multiple reminders to pray to Allah.




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