HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Harrisburg man has been arrested on charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS.
Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, 19, is charged in a two-count criminal complaint that was unsealed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania following his arrest.
U.S. officials released the following statement:
“According to the allegations in the complaint, 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,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “A prior physical search of Aziz’s residence also revealed a tactical-style backpack in his closet, which contained high-capacity weapons magazines, ammunition, a knife, and other survival items. The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold accountable any and all those who seek to provide material support to terrorists, and to disrupt potential attacks in the United States before they happen.”
According to a criminal complaint, Aziz used at least 57 different Twitter accounts to advocated violence against the U.S. and its citizens to disseminate ISIL propaganda and espouse pro-ISIL view.
Authorities say Aziz posted a hyperlink containing identification information of 100 reported members of the U.S. military.
On at least three occasions, Aziz also allegedly used his Twitter accounts and other electronic communication services to assist persons seeking to travel to and fight for ISIL. Allegations in the complaint state that Aziz passed location information, including maps and a telephone number, between these ISIL supporters.
Investigators found five loaded M4-style high-capacity magazines, a modified kitchen knife, a thumb drive, medication and a balaclava were found after a searching Aziz’s backpack.
Aziz is expected to appear in court again on Dec. 23 for a preliminary and detention hearing.