Wednesday, 9 March 2016

US Air force veteran has been found guilty trying to join hands with Islamic state

Tairod Pugh,
A US Air Force veteran has been convicted for allegedly attempting to join Islamic State.


Tairod Pugh, 48, was convicted after a week-long trial in Brooklyn federal court, local media report.
The case is the first in more than 75 Islamic State-related prosecutions brought since 2014 by the US Department of Justice to reach a jury verdict.

Only one other Islamic State-related U.S. prosecution has reached trial. In Phoenix, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is on trial for allegedly plotting with others to attack a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas. Two of his alleged associates were killed in a gun battle with police at the event.

Prosecutors said Pugh immersed himself in violent Islamic State propaganda for months before buying a one-way flight from his home in Egypt to Turkey, where he hoped to cross the Syrian border into territory controlled by the extremist group.

He was detained by Turkish authorities at an Istanbul airport and eventually flown to the United States to face terrorism charges.

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