American Woman Joined ISIS, Aided Terror Group

From PBS:
Prosecutors today announced more serious charges against Samantha El Hassani, an American woman who traveled to the Islamic State with her family in 2015 and who was charged with lying to the FBI last month.

El Hassani now faces a felony charge of conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS, and a charge of aiding an individual to provide material support to ISIS. The charges were filed on Aug. 22.

For the past 18 months, FRONTLINE and the BBC have been investigating El Hassani and her family’s journey for an upcoming documentary. El Hassani traveled with her husband, Moussa, their two children at the time, and one of Moussa’s brothers to the Islamic State. She fled in late 2017 after her husband was killed fighting for the terrorist group. This March, in her first interview, in a Kurdish detention camp, she told FRONTLINE and the BBC that she had been tricked into traveling into Syria.

The indictment says that El Hassani “knowingly conspired to provide material support and resources” to ISIS, which prosecutors defined as “personnel, including funds and tactical gear” to be used by the group. It said she also helped two people — identified as “Individual A” and “Individual B” — in “providing themselves as personnel to ISIS, including by procuring tactical gear and funds for their use in fighting for ISIS.”…

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