Friday, July 08, 2016

Haris Qamar, Burke, Virginia Charged with Attempting to Provide Support to ISIS

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  - Haris Qamar, 25, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested this morning on charges of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, according to announcement by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

According to court records,  on May 26, Qamar and an FBI confidential witness (CW) discussed a video that ISIS was supposedly making to encourage lone wolf attacks in the Washington, D.C., area.  Unbeknownst to Qamar, there was no actual video being created.  Qamar and the CW discussed the need for photos of possible targets in and around Washington, D.C., for use in the purported video.
According to the complaint, Qamar offered the CW ideas of where to take photographs for use in the video, including the Pentagon and numerous landmarks in Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., which could be targeted for terrorist attacks.  
On June 3, a conversation was audio and video recorded when CW picked up Qamar in a vehicle and they drove to area landmarks on the list Qamar had developed.  Qamar allegedly said, “bye bye DC, stupid ass kufar, kill’em all.”  Qamar and CW met again on June 10 and drove to a location in Arlington to take additional photos for the purported video.

According to the complaint, the investigation revealed that Qamar operated over 60 variations of the Twitter handle “newerajihadi,” which Qamar used to express his support for ISIS and to share videos and photos of extreme violence, including beheadings and mass shootings.
According to the allegations, during numerous conversations with the CW, Qamar expressed his interest and excitement in the extreme violence that ISIS is known for and said that he loved the bodies, blood and beheadings.  On several occasions, Qamar allegedly said that he could slaughter someone and described how he would do it.
On Sept. 11, 2015, terrorists connected with ISIS posted a “kill list” to the internet containing the names and addresses of U.S. military members.  A few days later, Qamar allegedly told the CW that the residences of several service members who appeared on the “kill list” were near Qamar’s own home, and that Qamar had observed undercover police cars near those residences.  According to the affidavit, on Sept. 16, 2015, Qamar tweeted his prayer that Allah “give strength to the mujahideen to slaughter every single US military officer.” 
Additionally, the affidavit alleges that on Sept. 25, 2015, Qamar told the CW that he tried to join ISIS in 2014, but that his parents prevented him from going overseas by controlling his passport.  Qamar allegedly said that his parents threatened to notify law enforcement authorities and said that he fought with his father and called his father a traitor to Islam.  According to the allegations, on Nov. 18, 2015, Qamar told the CW that he would leave the United States and join ISIS  if his father gave him back his passport. 
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon D. Kromberg of the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney Josh Parecki of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

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