3 Somali-Americans Sentenced for Plotting to Join ISIS in Syria

jailedA U.S. judge in Minnesota has sentenced three Somali-American found guilty of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State (ISIS) to varying jail terms.

The harshest jail sentence was given to Zacharia Abdurahman, who got 10 years in prison.

Abdurahman pleaded guilty for providing material support to the Middle East based terrorists group but failed to cooperate with the U.S. government against his friends who also had plot to join ISIS in Syria.

The prosecution was asking court to give Abdurahman 15-years in prison.

Abdurahman was intercepted at JFK International Airport in New York in 2014 while attempting to travel to Greece on his way to Syria to join ISIS.

The following year, he was involved in a second attempt to travel to Syria.

Also sentenced on Monday was Abdirazak Warsame and Abdullahi Yusuf, both of whom cooperated with the U.S. government.

Warsame was given 30 months in prison while Yusuf was released for time he had served in prison. Yusuf had served 21 months in prison. Both testified against their friends.

Warsame and Yusuf were accused of planning to travel first to Somalia and then to Syria. They were also accused of encouraging others to travel to Syria.

Six other men are awaiting sentencing in the Islamic State-related terrorism case.


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