Six Bosnian immigrants have been charged with aiding extremists in Syria thought to be connected to the Islamic State, a federal indictment unsealed Friday revealed.
“Today’s charges and arrests underscore our resolve to identify, thwart, and hold accountable individuals within the United States who seek to provide material support to terrorists and terrorist organizations operating in Syria and Iraq,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said in a statement.
Five of the individuals were arrested in the U.S. while one remains overseas, according to the Justice Department.
Charged in the indictment are Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, and Armin Harcevic, 37, all of St. Louis County, Missouri; Nihad Rosic, 26, of Utica, New York; Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34 of Schiller Park, Illinois; and Jasminka Ramic, 42, of Rockford, Illinois.
In this photo taken Oct. 28, 2014, a Jordanian man walks past a graffiti depicting the flag of the Islamic State group with Arabic that reads "their is only one God and Muhammad is his prophet," in the city of Ma'an, Jordan. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
The individuals are charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists. Hodzic and Rosic are also charged with conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country.[sharequote align="right"]“This case underscores the clear need for continued vigilance..."[/sharequote]
“Preventing the provision of supplies, money, and personnel to foreign terrorist organizations like ISIL remains a top priority of the National Security Division and our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities," Carlin said. "I want to thank the many agents, analysts and prosecutors responsible for this case.”
If convicted, penalties range from 15 years in prison for each count and fines put to $250,000, the Justice Department said.
Special agent in charge, William P. Woods, said the indictment "epitomizes the FBI's commitment to disrupting and holding accountable those who seek to provide material support to terrorists and terrorist organizations."
“This case underscores the clear need for continued vigilance in rooting out those who seek to join or aid terrorist groups that threaten our national security," he added.
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