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Man faces sentencing for trying to join terrorist group

BUFFALO, NY – The government sets a 15-year prison sentence for an upstate New York man who traveled to Turkey to join the Islamic State group.

Arafat, What (NAH’-gee) faces sentencing Monday in federal court in Buffalo, where he pleaded guilty in January to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Prosecutors say the 47-year-old Lackawanna (lak-ah-WAH-nah) man traveled to Turkey in 2012 and 2014 with plans to meet members of the Islamic State of the group. They say that he purchased body armor, a machete, and night vision goggles and watched violent videos.

In the pre-sentencing filings, federal prosecutors call a history of violence and What is three-year quest to join the Islamic State group in advising the 15-year sentence. He was planning a trip at the time of 2015 the time of his arrest.

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