Saturday, February 7, 2015

US Accuses 6 Citizens from Bosnia of Aiding IS; Sent Money, Guns, Mil. Eqpmt. to IS Via Turkey

Six people -- including three from St. Louis, Missouri -- are facing charges of providing support and resources to terrorists, the USA Today website reports today (February 7, 2015).

An indictment has been unsealed charging Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, his wife, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, and Armin Harcevic, 37, all of St. Louis County. Nihad Rosic, 26, of Utica, New York, Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34, of Schiller Park, Illinois, and Jasminka Ramic, 42, of Rockford, Illinois, with supporting terrorists.

The United States attorney's office says all six suspects are natives of Bosnia -- a predominantly Islamic country formed from the breakup of Yugoslavia --  who immigrated to the United States and are either naturalized citizens or have refugee status. Federal investigators say the suspects funneled money, guns, and military equipment to Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq and Syria by way of Turkey.

If convicted, each count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists carries up to 15 years behind bars and/or fines up to $250,000. The charges of conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country carry a penalty up to life in prison.

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