S.C. Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Trying To Join ISIS

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A South Carolina man was sentenced on Monday to 20 years and a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to provide material support to ISIS, which is a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Zakariya Abdin, 20, of  Ladson, South Carolina, was arrested at the Charleston International Airport on March 30, 2017, when he attempted to board an airplane in order to travel overseas to join ISIS.  He has been in federal custody since his arrest and entered a guilty plea in August of 2018

“The Department of Justice is committed to holding accountable U.S. citizens, like Abdin, and others who would leave here to provide material support to ISIS overseas,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “Thanks to the great work of the agents and prosecutors on this case, his plans were thwarted and with this sentence he is now being held accountable for his crime.  The National Security Division is committed to identifying and bringing to justice those who would provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations.”

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina teenager has pleaded guilty to trying to fight for the Islamic State group.

Federal court documents show 19-year-old Zakaryia Abdin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. The charge carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.

Abdin was arrested at Charleston’s airport in March 2017 as he tried to board a plane for Jordan. Authorities say he told an agent posing as an Islamic State recruiter he wanted to torture an American.

At age 16, authorities say Abdin talked about robbing a gun store to get weapons to kill soldiers as revenge for American military action in the Middle East.

He was arrested, pleaded guilty, and a parole board agreed to his early release after a year in jail.