Ohio man pleads guilty to aiding ISIS

Ohio man pleads guilty to aiding ISIS
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An Ohio man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and hatching a plan to launch an attack in the United States.

Amir Said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghazi, 39, was arrested last summer and charged with trying to recruit others for ISIS, as well as trying to purchase an AK-47. 


He is the 28th person convicted on charges of aiding the extremist group, according to a database compiled by the Washington Post, a result of what federal officials have warned is the organization’s online allure.

According to federal investigators, Al-Ghazi made a series of posts on social media in support of ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and also took steps to produce propaganda videos on its behalf.

He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to provide material support to ISIS, which is a designated foreign terrorist group, and two counts of possessing firearms while a felon.

Al-Ghazi changed his name from Robert McCollum last year.  

Sentencing will take place on June 23.