New York Resident Charged with ISIS Support, Extradited to U.S.

A 36-year-old New York resident, Mirsad Kandic, has been charged with providing material support to ISIS and extradited to the United States, according to an indictment unsealed yesterday and released by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Kandic faces one count of “conspiring to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, resulting in death” and “five counts of providing and attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, including personnel, equipment, and false documentation and identification, including one count resulting in death.”

Kandic has been extradited from Bosnia and Herzegovina and was scheduled for arraignment earlier this week in New York.

According to Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente, “As part of his support for ISIS, the defendant traveled overseas and, while abroad, recruited and facilitated the travel of foreign fighters to join the terrorist organization,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Boente.  “The National Security Division will continue to use all its tools to disrupt the flow of foreign fighters and bring to justice those who provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations.”

Kandic is alleged to have abandoned the United States, his adopted country, in order to join ISIS. While located in Turkey, he is said to have recruited others to join ISIS, “swelling their ranks and helping them commit terrorist acts such as suicide bombings.” Among those he recruited were 18-year-old Australian citizen Jake Bilardi, whose Twitter exchanges with Kandic are briefly outlined in DOJ’s release. Bilardi was ultimately persuaded to travel to Syria and Iraq, during which time he maintained contact with Kandic.

According to DOJ, “In early March 2015, Bilardi informed Kandic via Twitter that he ‘just went to look at my target today for my operation.’  Kandic replied, ‘May Allah reward you immensely.’  Kandic later added: ‘May Allah make there [sic] inner organs implode.’ On March 11, 2015, Bilardi committed a suicide bombing in Ramadi, Iraq.  Kandic publicized the attack via Twitter.’”

If convicted, Kandic faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.



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