A 19 year old Pennsylvania man has been arrested on charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS in Harrisburg. He is now being held at the Dauphin County Prison. Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz faces v charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith of the Middle District of Pennsylvania and Special Agent in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.
According to Assistant Attorney General Carlin, “Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz conspired to provide and attempted to provide material support to ISIL by propagating their hateful rhetoric on social media and aiding individuals in their pursuit of traveling overseas to join the designated foreign terrorist organization.” The complaint states that “Aziz may be preparing to conduct or assist others in conducting an attack in the United States based on the discovery of a backpack.” Aziz used multiple Twitter accounts to give out information on 100 reported members of the U.S. military. He called out for violence against them, U.S. citizens and President Barack Obama, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities say Aziz also assisted people seeking to travel to and fight for ISIS on Twitter.
The complaint also states that Jaili Ibn Ameer Aziz had what is described as a “go bag” or “tactical-style backpack” which was found in Aziz’s closet during a November 27th when the search warrant was served at the home that Aziz shares with his parents. The search found a high-capacity magazine loaded with ammunition, a modified kitchen knife, a thumb drive, a tin filled with medicine and a full-face mask similar to those worn by Islamic State militants. The affidavit also that Aziz has been “preparing to conduct or assist others in conducting an attack in the United States.”
Governor Wolf issued a statement after the arrest of Aziz, and stated that, “”I commend the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police, along with local law enforcement and other members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, for their efforts in apprehending this individual for his alleged efforts to aid ISIL. We understand that this individual is a U.S. citizen and his arrest is a reminder that we must remain vigilant, strong and focused on anyone here in the state who may seek to harm Pennsylvanians. I am proud of PSP’s ongoing efforts to protect Pennsylvania citizens. My administration is in constant communication with our law enforcement partners and will continue to assist in any way possible. ”