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Pennsylvania Man, 19, Accused Of Supporting Islamic State Terrorists

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Jalil Ibn Ameer AzizJalil Ibn Ameer Aziz

A 19-year-old man in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has been arrested for allegedly supporting the Islamic State with numerous propaganda-filled Twitter accounts, claiming he could arrange travel for group supporters, and for possessing a backpack with ammunition that may have been for a terrorist attack.

Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz is charged with two counts of attempting to provide material support to terrorists, SF Gate reported.

According to court documents, Aziz had a “go bag” or “tactical-style backpack” in his closet that contained a high-capacity magazine loaded with ammunition, a modified kitchen knife, a thumb drive, a tin filled with medicine, and a full face mask that resembles those worn by Islamic State militants, SF Gate reported.

Aziz may have been “preparing to conduct or assist others in conducting an attack in the United States,” the criminal complaint said.

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Aziz used 57 different Twitter accounts to advocate violence against U.S. citizens and military members, according to SF Gate. He also used the accounts to spread propaganda for the Islamic State terrorist group and assist those traveling to Syria to fight for them. He promoted himself as “someone who can facilitate travel on behalf of ISIL,” the complaint said.

Each time Twitter suspended an account for violating its terms of service, Aziz would open a new one, according to court documents.

Authorities traced all of the accounts to the home he shares with his parents.

According to SF Gate, following his arrest, a sign was placed on the door of Aziz’s home: “No Comment No News! No Trespassing.”

"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," Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said in a statement following Aziz’s arrest, reported SF Gate.

Aziz had his first court appearance on Dec. 17, and accepted public defenders Lori Ulrich and Heidi Freese as his counsel, PennLive reported.

Judge Martin C. Carlson told Aziz he could face up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $250,000, followed by three years of supervised release, if found guilty, according to PennLive.

Sources: SF Gate, PennLive / Photo credit: SF Gate