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The Islamic Jihad Union wages jihad in Uzbekistan; they are an Islamic jihadi group waging war in the cause of Islam to overthrow the secular government and replace it with a sharia government in Uzbekistan. Geography or nationality is irrelevant. From Philly to New York to Paris to Tel Aviv to Uzbekistan to Afghanistan, this is the relentless pattern. There is no nationality, there is only ideology. Everywhere you go, there it is. The objective is the same the world over, a universal caliphate. But beware, do not offend, do not criticize Islam.

“Uzbek refugee found guilty of supporting terror group,” by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press, June 21, 2018:

DENVER (AP) – Jurors on Thursday found a refugee from Uzbekistan guilty of conspiring to support a terrorist group with $300 he received from a friend and by making plans to join the organization himself.

Thursday’s verdict in a federal courtroom in Denver came more than six years after Jamshid Muhtorov’s arrest at a Chicago airport. After a three-week trial, jurors found Muhtorov guilty of three charges: conspiring to provide $300 to the Islamic Jihad Union, providing or attempting to provide the $300 and providing or attempting to provide himself as support.

Jurors also found Muhtorov not guilty on another charge of providing or attempting to provide communications technology to the terror group. Prosecutors described the Islamic Jihad Union as an extremist splinter group that opposes the Uzbek government and has been blamed for attacks there and in Afghanistan.

The case led to the U.S. Justice Department’s first disclosure that it intended to use information obtained through one of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs. Muhtorov’s attorneys challenged the constitutionality of the program before the trial.

But Judge John Kane decided in 2015 that the program may have potential for abuse but did not violate Muhtorov’s rights.

Prosecutors argued that Muhtorov, a former human rights worker who came to the Denver area in 2007 through a refugee resettlement program, became frustrated with life in the U.S. He began emailing with the terror group through its website and by 2012 told an FBI informant that he planned to join the group and become a fighter, they said.

Muhtorov’s attorneys said the emails were just a coping method as Muhtorov adjusted to a new life in the United States, where he worked at a processing plant, a casino and then as a truck driver. They said he never intended to take any action either by sending money or joining the group himself.

Muhtorov never sent the money to the terror group and was traveling to Turkey to study Islam and help a brother who was in a refugee camp nearby when he was arrested, they said….

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