MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who traveled to Syria and Iraq the place prosecutors say he turned a soldier for the Islamic State group pleaded responsible on Wednesday to a terrorism rely.
Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 24, pleaded responsible in U.S. District Courtroom of Minnesota to at least one rely of offering and making an attempt to supply materials assist to a international terrorist group.
In response to his plea settlement and courtroom paperwork, Al-Madioum left his household whereas they had been visiting prolonged family in Morocco in 2015 and went to Istanbul, Turkey, the place members of the Islamic State group helped him cross into Syria. As soon as in Syria, he joined different members of IS, who introduced him to Mosul, Iraq, the place he enrolled as a member of the group and started receiving army coaching.
Al-Madioum admitted in his responsible plea that he was assigned to a battalion that was answerable for coaching and getting ready international fighters to hold out suicide assaults in Europe.
He admitted he was a soldier till he was injured whereas conducting army actions for the group. After his damage, he continued to obtain funds from IS; he surrendered to Syrian Democratic Forces in March 2019, based on the plea settlement.
Al-Madioum was in Syrian custody for greater than a yr, and was returned to Minnesota final September to face expenses.
Whereas in jail in Syria, Al-Madioum instructed FBI brokers that he misplaced his proper arm in an airstrike.
Al-Madioum additionally spoke to CBS Information from Syrian jail in 2019, saying then that he by no means fought for the Islamic State group however had hopes of turning into a physician, and that IS gave him a “clean test to purchase no matter I needed.”
Al-Madioum’s plea settlement says he started researching Islamic State group in 2014. Courtroom paperwork say he instructed FBI that he obtained recommendation about becoming a member of the group from a Twitter account that authorities say is understood to submit IS propaganda.
Al-Madioum is amongst a number of Minnesotans suspected of leaving the U.S. to hitch the Islamic State group. In whole, roughly three dozen folks have left Minnesota to hitch militant teams in Somalia or Syria. In 2016, 9 Minnesota males had been sentenced on federal expenses of conspiring to hitch the Islamic State group.
Al-Madioum, who was 18 when he left for Syria, is a local of Morocco and a naturalized U.S. citizen.