Three New York men arrested for attempting to join Daesh

Three New York men arrested for attempting to join Daesh
# 25 February 2015 22:31 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Two suspects were prepared to engage in attacks in the US if they were unable to fly overseas to join the terror group, says FBI, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency

Three men who allegedly planned to travel to Syria to join the Daesh terrorist group were arrested in a raid in New York on Wednesday, according to the FBI.

Daesh is the Arabic acronym for ISIL.

“The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement.

Akhror Saidakhmetov, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev and Abror Habibov were arrested in a joint early morning raid by the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force, and face charges that include providing material support and resources for terrorists.

A federal investigation revealed that Saidakhmetov and Juraboev planned to travel to Turkey and then to Syria for the purpose of fighting on behalf of Daesh.

Habibov helped fund Saidakhmetov’s efforts to join the terror group, the FBI said in a statement.

According to court documents, Saidakhmetov was prepared to engage in attacks in the U.S. if he were unable to travel abroad to join Daesh, and Juraboev was prepared to do the same if ordered by the terror group.

"The defendants violated the true tenants of their faith in pursuit of their radical, violent agenda,” FBIAssistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez said in a statement.

Habibov and Juraboev are citizens of Uzbekistan, and Saidakhmetov is a Kazakh national. The suspects, aged 30, 24 and 19 respectively, are residents of the borough of Brooklyn.

Saidakhmetov was arrested Wednesday morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, the FBI said.

If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Saidkakhmetov and Juraboev are scheduled to appear in a Brooklyn federal court later Wednesday.

Habibov's court appearance is also scheduled for later Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida.