Justice Department Press Release Shifts from ISIL to ISIS

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Chicago Man for Attempting to Join ISIS

CHICAGO — A federal grand jury has indicted a former Chicago man for allegedly attempting to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham.

FARESS MUHAMMAD SHRAITEH, 21, is charged with one count of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to ISIS, and one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS. The indictment was returned Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Shraiteh is a United States citizen who formerly resided in Chicago and now lives in Israel.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice; and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was investigated by the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of representatives from the FBI and numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

According to the indictment, Shraiteh and two other individuals began conspiring to join ISIS in November 2014. In May 2015 the trio traveled from Chicago to Egypt, where they allegedly spent time in Cairo and Sharm El-Sheik, before flying to Istanbul, Turkey. Shraiteh was denied entry into Turkey, while the two others were allowed in, the indictment states. Shraiteh went to Israel, where he has family, and later communicated with one of the other individuals that he planned to renew his passport and join them, the charges allege.

One of the other individuals was later killed while conducting a suicide attack on behalf of ISIS, the indictment states. The charges allege that Shraiteh knew ISIS was a terrorist organization when he conspired to join it.

Each charge in the indictment is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Shraiteh is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Barry Jonas and Peter S. Salib of the Northern District of Illinois, and Trial Attorney Lolita Lukose of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.


Justice Department Press Release Shifts from ISIL to ISIS — 7 Comments

  1. levant is Syria and Iraq so maybe this is splitting hairs…either way…bomb the shit out of them.

    China, Russia, the Turks, the Kurds, the British, and the French agree.

    These are bad people.

    Our government is willing to cut deals with the Taliban to fight them.


  2. Aren’t you proud of my sunshine blogger? Swearing will get you banned…unless you use it to vomit all your hatred towards minorities and foreigners. Stay tuned…86 days…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwww…

  3. The previous goofball president famously said that ISIL was a JV, junior varsity group, and then they went on to capture huge areas of Iraq and Syria.

    Trump and his mad dog Secretary of Defense cleaned up and kicked out most of ISIS (ISIL per Barak) from these countries but the mostly left wing media mostly ignored the success of the US Military per Trump and mad dog.

    The inept Barak was responsible for ISIS capturing most areas of Iraq because he the dope pulled out US Troops way too early.

    Will his library in Chicago document this and many dozens of other failures by he and his inept administration?

  4. I’m deluded, Rickey Ricardo? If we wanted to overthrow Assad we would have done it by now. Their civil war started at least 5 years ago. We elected Trump because he specifically said he would NOT prop up terrorists against Assad, unlike War Monger Hillary, who wanted to get us into another Iraq War.

    Why do you think all the neocon and progressive hacks are freaking out? Look at their reaction to him wanting to talk to North Korea and Russia, after Obama lambasted Romney for being afraid of Russia and after virtue signaling for years about the value of diplomacy. It’s comical how these clowns flip-flop just to be jerks to Trump. Also, look at their attitude about defense agencies. 15 years ago Bush was a war criminal for following the advice of the intel agencies, today Trump is treasonous for NOT listening to them. Clowns.

    I’m not going to argue about Obama arming terrorists though. Even his Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the U.S. did, stating that up to 25 percent of the rebels we armed were Islamic extremists. Guess who else was SoS under Obama? Crooked Hillary!

    But I’m talking about the current year, not when Obama was in office. Trump supposedly wants to get us out of Afghanistan. Do you think that’s a good thing Ricky?

  5. I got news for you “American” … the deep state is still funding terrorists, Trump or no Trump.

    Trump, like JFK or Nixon is totally expendable by the deep state, one way or another.

    Don’t be taken in by the farces called elections in America. Elections are only there to distract people into thinking they have some say as to how things are run.

    When anybody really wants to effect change, even a repentant higher up, ‘things happen”

    Exhibit 653: https://www.richarddolanpress.com/the-death-of-james-forrestal

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