Thursday, March 10, 2016

US Veteran Is Found Guilty of Trying to Join IS; Felt His Air Force Mechanics Skills Could Aid IS

A federal court in Brooklyn, New York yesterday found a U.S. Air Force veteran guilty of trying to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group, the Christian Post website reports today (March 10, 2016).

A jury found Tairod Pugh, 48, guilty of attempting to provide support to a terrorist organization, as well as obstructing justice after six hours of deliberation yesterday.

Prosecutors argued during the week-long trial that Pugh had made contact with IS militants and viewed pro-jihad propaganda online before traveling to Turkey in January 2015 in an attempt to cross the Syrian border and join the terrorist organization.

Pugh -- who originally hails from Neptune, New Jersey -- had previously worked as an airplane mechanic in the U.S. Air Force for four years before deciding to join the terror group. He attempted to join the terrorist group by offering his knowledge of airplane mechanics, Prosecutor Tiana Demas told the court.

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