Alabama man pleads guilty to aiding ISIS


The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a one-count charge against Aziz Ihab Sayyed, 23, of Huntsville, Alabama, for attempting to provide services and personnel — himself — to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which is a designated foreign terrorist group.

On March 8, in federal court, Sayyed pleaded guilty to the charge.

In court, Sayyed admitted to buying bomb-building ingredients in 2017 and acknowledged that he aspired to conduct ISIS-inspired bombings of police stations and the nearby Redstone Arsenal. He also admitted that he attempted to form a cell whose aim would be to conduct acts of terrorism within U.S. borders. He also said he knew that ISIS was a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.

“Between January and June of 2017 in Madison County, Sayyed, a U.S. citizen, obtained and viewed ISIS propaganda videos depicting ISIS forces committing bombings, executions by gunshot and beheading, and other violent acts,” said a Justice Department statement.

“Sayyed researched and learned how to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP), a highly volatile and extremely dangerous explosive material, purchased the necessary ingredients for the explosive, and professed his aspiration to use TATP in an explosive belt and/or a car bomb, according to the plea agreement,” the department added.

Sayyed told the federal court that last year he met with an individual he believed to be associated with ISIS, but who was, in reality, an undercover operative working on behalf of the FBI. The two discussed TATP and bombings, attacks, and Sayyed’s desire to assist ISIS operations in the U.S.

His plea agreement stipulates a 15-year prison sentence. [source]

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