HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Harrisburg teen has been arrested and charged in connection to conspiring and assisting persons seeking to travel to and fight for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Thursday, The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrest of 19-year-old Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz, who lived in a home with his parents in the 1700 block of Fulton Street in Harrisburg.
According to the allegations in the complaint, Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz conspired to provide and attempted to provide material support to ISIL by propagating their hateful rhetoric on social media and aiding individuals in their pursuit of traveling overseas to join the designated foreign terrorist organization,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. ‘A prior physical search of Aziz’s residence also revealed a tactical-style backpack in his closet, which contained high-capacity weapons magazines, ammunition, a knife, and other survival items. The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold accountable any and all those who seek to provide material support to terrorists, and to disrupt potential attacks in the United States before they happen.
According to an affidavit, Aziz was preparing to conduct or assist in an attack in the U.S. An investigation also revealed that Aziz attempted to aid ISIL supporters in traveling to Syria for the purpose of becoming ISIL fighters.
On November 27, investigators raided Aziz’s home and found five loaded M4-style high-capacity magazines, a modified kitchen knife, a thumb drive, medication and a balaclava inside a backpack Aziz’s kept inside a closet.
Officials say Aziz’s home has since been cleared of all threats.
Aziz reportedly used at least 57 different Twitter accounts to spread pro-ISIL propaganda and advocate violence against the U.S. and its citizens.
In January 2015, investigators say Aziz using the handle @Colonel_Shami, tweeted “#IS “Know O Obama, that we are coming to America and know that we will sever your head in the White House.” The post also included a photo a masked militant about to behead a soldier.
Investigators determined that Aziz posted a hyperlink containing identification information of 100 reported members of the U.S. military, calling for violence against them.
On at least three occasions, Aziz also allegedly used his Twitter accounts and other electronic communication services to assist persons seeking to travel to and fight for ISIL. Allegations in the affidavit state that Aziz passed location information, including maps and a telephone number, between ISIL supporters.
“The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism, and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to hold accountable any and all those who seek to provide material support to terrorists, and to disrupt potential attacks in the United States before they happen,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin.
Aziz is expected to appear in court on Dec. 23 for a preliminary and detention hearing.
Mayor Eric Papenfuse spoke at a press conference Thursday at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community center in uptown Harrisburg.
Click here to read the full affidavit: Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz affidavit