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Date: Jan 25, 2019

A former Sugar Land, Texas, resident has been arrested and detained for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), announced Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office.

A federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment against Warren Christopher Clark, 34, on Jan. 23, 2019. It was unsealed today following his initial appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray in Houston.

Clark was captured in Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces, transferred to U.S. law enforcement custody this week and arrived yesterday in the Southern District of Texas.

"The arm of American Justice has a lengthy reach,” said Patrick. “The number one priority of the Southern District of Texas, along with the FBI and our other national security partners, is to keep America safe. The protection of life is the most sacred job law enforcement has."

Clark is charged with attempting to provide himself as material support to ISIS, which the Secretary of State designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. 

“The FBI continues to aggressively pursue individuals who attempt to join the ranks of ISIS’s foreign fighters or try to provide support for other terrorist organizations. This fight against terrorism is not one we can combat alone,” said Turner. “The FBI relies on our domestic counterparts and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as the public. Anyone who has information about individuals who have traveled or are planning to travel overseas to support terrorist groups should report it immediately to their local FBI office.”

The charged material support violation carries a possible penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine, upon conviction.

The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and police departments in Houston and Sugar Land conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Mark McIntyre and Craig M. Feazel and Trial Attorney Michael J. Dittoe of the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

Source: Department of Justice

Two of three men charged with bombing a Bloomington mosque pleaded guilty on Thursday, admitting that they were part of a white nationalist militia that terrorized people in three states for nearly six months.

Michael McWhorter, 29, and Joe Morris, 23, face 35 years to life in prison after admitting in federal court that they and another man, Michael Hari, started the militia in the summer of 2017 called the “Patriot Freedom Fighters.”

The two pleaded guilty to five charges against them — three from Illinois and two from Minnesota — ranging from obstructing by force or violence the free exercise of religious beliefs, to weapons and arson charges. Two other federal charges against them were dismissed as part of the plea deal. A sentencing date has not been set.

Mr. Hari, 47, who faces similar charges, has pleaded not guilty and faces a trial in July.

Read more: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

RCMP have charged one youth with terrorism-related offences Friday morning in relation to raids at two Kingston, Ont., residences. A second adult male was arrested, but charges have not yet been laid.

The raids happened at two homes Thursday night.

RCMP said the “Youth Criminal Justice Act prevents any further release of information regarding this individual.” The charges include “knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity,” and “Counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device” in a public place.

Read more: Global News (Canada)

For three years, terrorists controlled a huge stretch of territory in Iraq and Syria. They ran their own state, collecting tens of millions of dollars in taxes and using the proceeds to fix potholes, issue birth certificates, finance attacks and recruit followers from around the world.

All but 1 percent of that territory is now gone, which has prompted the White House to describe the Islamic State as “wiped out,” “absolutely obliterated” and “in its final throes.” But to suggest that ISIS was defeated, as President Trump did when he announced plans to pull out American troops from Syria, is to ignore the lessons of recent history.

The group has been declared vanquished before, only to prove politicians wrong and to rise stronger than before.

Read more: New York Times

An 18-year-old man shot by a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy in Fountain Hills and later charged with terrorism was arraigned in court Thursday morning.

A not-guilty plea was entered for Ismail Hamed during the proceedings held before Commissioner Thomas Kaipio in Maricopa County Superior Court. Hamed is scheduled to return to court at 8:15 a.m. March 8.

A hearing was also scheduled for April 8.

Hamed made no statements during the hearing. He has retained private counsel, Mark Mendoza, who had no comment after the arraignment hearing.

A complaint filed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office alleges Hamed "intentionally or knowingly, did provide advice, assistance, direction or management'' to the terrorist organization ISIS, which is listed under several formal names, including the Islamic State of Iraq al-Sham.

Read more: AZ Central