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A Connecticut man has been charged with attempting to provide support to ISIS, after reportedly pledge allegiance to the terror group’s leaders in Syria, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Kevin McCormick, 26, of Hamden, was charged with ” attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization,” according to the Ministry of Justice.
He was arrested in Oct. 21, a federal grand jury indicted him Oct. 30. Shooting some bizarre decisions in the court of law, when he has lavished praise on Islam, and a shared desire to travel to Syria, so that he was able to become a member of the group, the authorities said.
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“I have to fight for it, bro,” he reportedly said. “Because the people of Abu Masa and the ISIL, they fought in front of me, bro. I know, I can feel it in my heart. So, it’s my time to fight … it just is what it is, bro. It’s just my, it’s just my time to go, bro.”
After being asked to account for the destination where you want to travel, the authorities said, McCormick said, “I don’t know, I just don’t know it. It needs to be, such as saudi arabia. Wherever ISIL is in. … Which is easiest to do, where do I look for the quickest, the fastest, the easiest and where can I get a gun, and I can see some people, bro.
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“That’s what I need to do,” he continued. “I need to have a gun, and I have some people I need to have the principles of Islamic law, that is, I need it to do, and that’s what I need to do, as long as I have these things, it’s going to be very hard for me to kill you.”
McCormick was accused of trying to board a flight to Jamaica to flee the country Feb. 12, but was stopped by the staff of the Department of Homeland Security before he was to board a department of the Ministry of Justice said.
McCormick is alleged to have made a video pledging his allegiance to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US-led operation Feb. 26.
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If convicted, McCormick could face up to 20 years in prison, according to the Ministry of Justice.
The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Earlier this week, authorities arrested a West Haven man on similar charges.
Ahmed Khalil Elshazly, 22, was on Sunday arrested in Stonington, when he boarded a ship for Syria, FOX 61, in Hartford, are reported. On Monday, federal investigators swarmed Elshazly in the area looking for evidence.
Elshazly, also could face 20 years in prison, officials said.