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N.Y. man accused of terror recruiting

17 Sep, 2014

30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh of Rochester, N.Y., is indicted on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS. A Yemeni-born U.S. dual citizen, he is one of the first people to be charged by the U.S. with recruiting for ISIS. Court documents show that Elfeegh tried to raise money to enable a Yemeni man to join ISIS including allegedly sending the man $600 to travel from Yemen to Syria. An FBI affidavit says that in April, Elfgeeh traveled to Buffalo with an FBI informant to get a passport for the undercover agent. He suggested that ISIS would use the informant to ‘operate a cannon, act as a sniper and/or build bombs.’ A tweet from his home computer:

al-Qaida [sic] said it loud and clear; we are fighting the American invasion and their hegemony over the earth and the people.

He is also charged with one count of attempting to kill ‘officers and employees of the United States,’ two counts or possession of an unregistered firearm silencer, and a count of possession of firearms and silencers in furtherance of a violent crime. He is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment Thursday. Assistant Federal Public Defender Mark Hosken says that he will enter a not guilty plea in response to all the charges.