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International Terrorism Prosecutions: 2018 Wrap-Up
By Emma Broches, Julia Solomon-Strauss
In the past few months, prosecutors have tried, juries have convicted, and judges have sentenced defendants from the height of the Islamic State’s power in 2014–15. Meanwhile, American law enforcement continues to prosecute individuals involved in terrorist-related crimes in the United States, even as new challenges—like prosecuting foreign Islamic State fighters—arise. The material support provided to designated foreign terrorist organizations by these subjects has varied widely, from distributing propaganda to waging attacks in the United States to attempting to travel to join the Islamic State or helping others travel to providing funding. And although terrorism prosecutions involving individuals affiliated with the Islamic State have dominated the headlines, other defendants associated with al-Qaeda affiliates and other groups have recently been tried, convicted and sentenced.
Material support charges for travel
Law enforcement continues to arrest individuals attempting to travel to join the Islamic State. On Oct. 25, Naser Almadaoji, a 19-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, was arrested for trying to travel to join an Islamic State-affiliated group in Afghanistan. According to the complaint, in February 2018, Almadaoji had traveled to Egypt and Jordan, after which he told an individual on the internet that he had tried to join a terrorist group while overseas. He also translated Islamic State propaganda from Arabic into English, according to the charging document.