REPORT: Alleged ISIS Sniper Indicted, Came to U.S. on ‘Diversity Visa Lottery’
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An alleged sniper for the Islamic State (ISIS) has been indicted, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday, years after he was able to obtain American citizenship by arriving in the United States on the “Diversity Visa Lottery.”
Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, 43-years-old, was indicted in federal court on five counts of conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS; providing personnel, training, expert advice, assistance, and weapons to ISIS and ISIS fighters; as well as receiving military training from ISIS fighters.
The article goes on to state the following:
Asainov, according to federal prosecutors, traveled to Istanbul, Turkey in December 2013 with the intention of going on to Syria to fight for ISIS. After arriving in Syria, Asainov is accused of joining ISIS by becoming a sniper for the terrorist organization.
Breitbart noted that it was 14 years after Asainov was allowed to legally come to the United States through the “Diversity Visa Lottery”program that he then traveled to Syria to join ISIS.
The report further notes that “72,794 foreign nationals have come to the U.S. on the Visa Lottery from countries that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has designated as terrorist-sponsors” during the period of 2012-2016 alone.
American Citizen, an Alleged ISIS Sniper and Weapons Instructor, Indicted for Providing Material Support to ISIS https://t.co/szd21NI8Ul
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) September 4, 2019
A five-count indictment filed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, 43, also known as“Suleiman Al-Amriki” &“Suleiman Al-Kazakhi,” with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS
DOJ doing its job now indict Comey pic.twitter.com/5GDYnZsjoX
— 🇺🇸EAGLE WINGS🇺🇸 (@SoarOnTheWings) September 5, 2019
The following information was provided in a press release on the Justice Department website:
American Citizen, an Alleged ISIS Sniper and Weapons Instructor, Indicted for Providing Material Support to ISIS
A five-count indictment was filed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn charging Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, 43, also known as “Suleiman Al-Amriki” and “Suleiman Al-Kazakhi,” with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS; providing material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, training, expert advice and assistance and weapons; receipt of military-type training from ISIS; and obstruction of justice. If convicted, Asainov faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Asainov will be arraigned at a later date.
John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Michael McGarrity, Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division, FBI; William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, FBI, New York Field Office; and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the charges.
As detailed in court filings, Asainov is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kazakhstan, who resided in Brooklyn. As alleged, in December 2013, Asainov traveled on a one-way ticket to Istanbul, Turkey, a common transit point to obtain entry into Syria. He subsequently entered Syria, joined ISIS and became a sniper for the terrorist organization. Over time, Asainov rose through the ranks to become an ISIS “emir” in charge of training other ISIS members in the use of weapons. He also attempted to recruit another individual to travel from the United States to Syria to fight for ISIS.
As further alleged, in March 2015, Asainov asked a confidential informant to send him approximately $2,800 so that he could purchase a scope for his rifle. Asainov subsequently sent the confidential informant two photographs of himself holding an assault rifle fitted with a scope. Asainov messaged one individual, exclaiming in reference to ISIS, “we are the worst terrorist organization in the world that has ever existed,” and added that he wished to die on the battlefield.
An alleged ISIS sniper has been indicted years after he was able to obtain citizenship by arriving in the U.S. on the “Visa Lottery.” https://t.co/W6SsmLdtwo
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 6, 2019
Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, arrested today by the #FBI for terrorist activities related to ISIS, was born in Kazakhstan on June 28, 1976. He entered the U.S. on a DIVERSITY LOTTERY VISA (!!!) on February 27, 1999, and he became a naturalized U.S. Citizen on September 1, 2006. pic.twitter.com/TJB5NOSnlZ
— USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli (@USCISCuccinelli) July 19, 2019
— US Attorney EDNY (@EDNYnews) September 3, 2019
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