Foreigner in U.S., Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, sentenced for ISIS plot

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“Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 27, a citizen of Uzbekistan and resident of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization,” the Justice Department reported Friday.

Law enforcement first became aware of Juraboev in the summer of 2014, when he wrote online, “I am in USA now … But is it possible to commit ourselves as dedicated martyrs anyway while here? What I’m saying is, to shoot Obama and then get shot ourselves, will it do? That will strike fear in the hearts of infidels.”

Juraboev, then 24, was in a plot with two friends, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19 and a citizen of Kazahkstan, and Abror Habibov, 30, also a citizen of Uzbekistan who was a resident of Brooklyn and had moved to Florida, as they planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS. If that didn’t work, their backup options included plans to assassinate President Obama, hijack a plane, or enlist in the U.S. military to spy for ISIS.

“The defendant in this case lived in Brooklyn while making plans to travel to Syria to support a designed terrorist organization,” stated NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.  “If that was not successful, the defendant schemed of bombing Coney Island or killing the President of the United States.  My thanks to the detectives, agents, prosecutors and federal judge whose work resulted in today’s sentence.”

“The U.S. government intends to seek the defendant’s removal to Uzbekistan upon completion of his sentence of imprisonment,” the Justice Department reported.

The following videos are from news broadcasts shortly after the three would-be terrorists were caught in New York City in February 2015.

 

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