Reuters is reporting that three men living in Brooklyn have been arrested, aged 19 to 30, and are accused of trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS or of trying to support ISIS recruitment activity in the U.S.
The younger two, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan and Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, of Uzbekistan were both attempting to reach Syria via Turkey.
One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where authorities said he was attempting to board a flight to Turkeyon his way to Syria.
Another defendant, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, of Uzbekistan, had previously purchased a ticket for a March flight to Istanbul, said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn.
Abror Habibov, 30, of Uzbekistan, was accused of helping to fund Saidakhmetov’s efforts, prosecutors said.
The third man, Habibov, who is the one accused of funding the activities of the 19 year-old Saidakhmetov, was his employer and operated kiosks in malls in Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania that sold kitchenware and repaired mobile phones.
Juraboev came to the attention of Federal authorities after he made posts on an Uzbek language website where he declared that he was looking to join ISIS and would kill President Obama on behalf of the terrorist organization.
Authorities had previously interviewed Juraboev who told them that he wanted to travel to Syria to join ISIS and also told them about his friend who wanted to do the same, the 19 year-old Saidakhmetov.
According to the FBI, there are investigations into ISIS activities in nearly all 50 states.[Reuters]