American teenager pleads guilty to helping ISIS
RICHMOND, Va. – A Virginia teenager has pleaded guilty to helping a terror group.
Officials say Ali Shukri Amin helped a high school classmate get to Syria in hopes of joining ISIS.
Authorities say Amin used a pro-ISIS Twitter account to rally support for the terrorist group and even worked to raise funds using Bitcoin.
He eventually gained 4,000 followers and posted more than 7,000 tweets.
Officials say Amin also used the Internet to find ISIS contacts overseas and make travel arrangements for 18-year-old Reza Niknejad.
“Around the nation, we are seeing ISIL use social media to reach out from the other side of the world. Their messages are reaching America in an attempt to radicalize, recruit and incite our youth and others to support ISIL’s violent causes,” said John Carlin, assistant attorney general for National Security. “This case serves as a wake-up call that ISIL’s propaganda and recruitment materials are in your communities and being viewed by your youth. This challenge requires parental and community awareness and action to confront and deter this threat wherever it surfaces.”
Amin, 17, went before a judge on Thursday morning and pleaded guilty to the charge.
He could face up to 15 years in prison.