Brooklyn: Muslim pleads guilty to promising to bankroll ISIS recruits


We keep hearing that ISIS is defeated. Then we keep seeing stories such as this one. I am sure that if we ever discover the full extent of support for ISIS among Muslims in the U.S., it would shock those who continue admonishing us that Islam is a “religion of peace.”

“Uzbeki man living in Brooklyn pleads guilty to promising to bankroll ISIS wannabes,” by Andrew Keshner,
New York Daily News, August 29, 2017:

An Uzbeki man living in Brooklyn copped to charges that he tried helping a cohort make his demented dreams of waging international jihad into reality.

Abror Habibov pleaded guilty Tuesday to agreeing to bankroll a ring of ISIS sympathizers and wannabes who planned for Middle East mayhem but never made it out of New York.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors said Habibov — who operated a string of mall kiosks from Florida to Pennsylvania — pledged cash to Akhror Saidakhmetov, a Brooklyn resident from Kazakhstan, so he could buy a ticket to Turkey.

Saidakhmetov bought a $571 round trip from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Turkey, which was set to leave February 2015. The plan was to continue on to Syria.

Habibov also repeatedly promised money so Saidakhmetov could get a firearm, court papers said.

Authorities arrested Saidakhmetov at the airport. It’s not clear if Habibov’s cash came from his kiosk business.

Habibov admitted to conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization and conspiracy to use a firearm. “While doing these things, I knew it was illegal,” Habibov said….

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