An Indiana woman who traveled with her husband to live in the Islamic State capital of Raqqa, Syria, has been charged last week by the Justice Department for material support for terrorism.
The indictment claims Samantha Elhassani acquired tactical gear for known ISIS terrorists and provided other related support for the terror groups.
And as I reported here at PJ Media, her 10-year-old son was featured in an ISIS propaganda video that threatened President Donald trump and warned of domestic terror attacks. The video also showed a young Yezidi boy from Iraq that was held hostage by her family.
Meanwhile, Elhassani’s attorney claims she was tricked by her husband to moving to Raqqa in 2014. Her husband, Moussa Elhassani, was reportedly killed in a drone strike last year.
Last Thursday, the Justice Department announced the material terror support charges against Elhassani, stating:
The indictment alleges that from the fall of 2014 through summer of 2015, Elhassani provided material support and resources to ISIS knowing that the organization was a designated terrorist organization, and knowing that the organization has engaged in and was engaging in terrorist activity and terrorism. Elhassani, is also charged with aiding and abetting two individuals in providing themselves as personnel to ISIS. Under both charges she is alleged to have procured tactical gear and provided funds to support individual A and B in providing themselves as personnel for ISIS. In July of 2018, Elhassani was transferred from the custody of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to U.S. law enforcement and charged with making false statements to the FBI in the Northern District of Indiana.
She fled Raqqa during the fall of the city to US-backed troops and was captured and held by the Syrian Democratic Forces. She and her children were transferred to US custody and returned last month. Her children, including two who were born in Syria, are placed with foster families.