New York resident pleads guilty to trying to support Islamic State

January 20, 2017 01:52

NEW YORK - A New York City resident who prosecutors said tried two years ago to board a flight to Turkey on his way to Syria in order to join Islamic State pleaded guilty on Thursday to having conspired to provide material support to the militant group.

Akhror Saidakhmetov, a 21-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, prosecutors said.

He faces up to 15 years in prison and removal to Kazakhstan, prosecutors said. A lawyer for Saidakhmetov did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He is one of six individuals charged in the case and one of more than 100 people who have faced US federal charges in connection with Islamic State since 2014.

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