South Carolina: Muslim pleads guilty to trying to join the Islamic State


He will likely spend some time in prison. When he gets out, will he become a loyal, productive citizen? What do you think? Nothing whatsoever will be done while he is prison to disabuse him of his jihadist sentiments. In fact, he will be given a Qur’an, the book that led him to try to join the Islamic State in the first place. To attempt to change his way of thinking would be “Islamophobic.” If anything, his jihadist sentiments will be reinforced while he is in prison. So most likely when he gets out, he will resume his jihad.

“SC teen who planned to join ISIS changes plea,” by Emily Bohatch, The State, August 8, 2018 12:22 PM

A Lowcountry man who allegedly tried to leave the U.S. to join up with terrorist group ISIS pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday, according to the Department of Justice.

Zakaryia Abdin, 19, of Ladson, appeared in a Charleston court to change his plea for charges of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Abdin initially was arrested in March 2017 after he was caught by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Charleston International Airport. He was attempting to board a flight to Jordan in the Middle East.

In Jan. 2017, Abdin opened an account on social media, which he used to try to join ISIS, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. He soon visited a member of the FBI in Mount Pleasant, where he was warned about the FBI’s role in counter-terrorism investigations….

Regardless, Abdin began communicating with a person he believed was a member of ISIS. He had pledged his loyalty to the terrorist organization in 2014, and believed the person he was talking to would help him. Abdin was really communicating with an FBI agent.

During conversations with the covert FBI agent, Abdin said he wanted to fight alongside the organization, adding he was proficient with weapons like AK rifles, SKS rifles and pistols, according to the statement.

In 2015, Abdin was convicted of weapons charges in York County after he allegedly planned to rob a gun store and kill U.S. soldiers, according to the Rock Hill Herald. When he was arrested, he had an ISIS flag in his room, and the 16-year-old had a handgun….

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