N.Y. man accused of aiding Islamic State, plotting to kill U.S. troops


“We will remain aggressive in identifying and disrupting those who seek to provide support to ISIL and other terrorist groups,” Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

A New York man who was arrested in May was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday for allegedly trying to aid the terrorist group Islamic State and planning to kill returning U.S. soldiers.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester was charged with three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to Islamic State, one count of attempted murder of current and former members of the U.S. military, and federal weapons offenses, according to a news release from the Justice Department.

Federal authorities accused Elfgeeh, a U.S. citizen, of trying to help three people – two of whom are FBI informants – get to Syria in order to fight on behalf of Islamic State, the news release said.

His plan began in late 2013 and continued into 2014, authorities said. The three people were under instruction from Elfgeeh to travel to Syria to join Islamic State, where they would aid in conducting jihad, the news release said. A person in Yemen was also allegedly sent money by Elfgeeh in order to aid Islamic State, authorities said.

Written by RYAN PARKER
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