fbpx
    Local News

    Virginia man who joined ISIS in Syria gets 20 years in jail

    A Virginia man who traveled to Syria to join the ISIS terror group was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.
     
    Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 28, was convicted by a federal jury in June of providing material support to a terrorist organization. He had been captured by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters near Tal Afar, Iraq in March of last year.
    “The evidence at trial demonstrated that Mohamad Khweis is an unpredictable and dangerous person who was radicalized towards violent jihad,” said Dana Boente, the acting assistant attorney general for national security and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
    Investigators say Khweis left the U.S. and traveled to Syria via Turkey in December 2015. Along the way, according to prosecutors, Khweis used encrypted mobile devices and applications in an effort to conceal his activities.
    After Khweis joined ISIS, he stayed in a safe house with other recruits in Raqqa, the capital of the group’s so-called “caliphate.” While there, he filled out an intake form in which he disclosed his “name, age, skills, specialty before jihad, and status as a fighter.” Prosecutors added that Khweis “agreed to be a suicide bomber,” but did not go into details.
    source : foxnews.com

    Related Articles

    Close