U.S. prosecutes former airman for trying to join ISIS

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The U.S. District Court in Brooklyn began Wednesday prosecuting a former aircraft maintenance expert, who had been trying to join the radical group of the Islamic State in Syria.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, a former avionics instrument system specialist in the Air Force, reportedly flew from Egypt to Turkey on January 10, weeks after being fired from a Middle East-based job as an airplane mechanic, according to U.S. authorities.

Pugh was arrested in January in Turkey while possessing a personal computer containing a lot of pictures and videos promoting ISIS.

Among the documents, which were used against the 47-year-old former U.S. airman, there was a message apparently sent to his wife, saying: “I will put all my talents and skills in the service of the Islamic State.”

Speaking to ARA News, human rights activist Ali Abbas said that the United States and several other European countries, began to conduct trials and impose penalties of imprisonment to those involved in supporting the radical group.

“Western governments are afraid of sleeper cells carrying out terrorist attacks throughout Europe and the United States,” he added, pointing out that the issue has become an eminent threat to American national security.


Reporting by: Mustafa Hamed

Source: ARA News

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