Alexandria, Virginia — The 27-year-old resident of Alexandria, Mohamad Jamal Khweis, who left the United States to join the ranks of the Islamic State terror group was convicted by a jury of his peers on Thursday for providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
In his closing argument just prior to the jury being excused to deliberate Khweis’s fate, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Dana J. Boente made his final statements in regards to the defendant “He [Khweis] is a 27-year-old man who studied criminal justice in college. He strategically planned his travel to avoid law enforcement suspicion, encrypted his communications, and planned for possible alibis. Khweis knew exactly what he was doing, knew exactly who ISIS was, and was well aware of their thirst for extreme violence. Nonetheless, this did not deter him. Instead, Khweis voluntarily chose to join the ranks of a designated foreign terrorist organization, and that is a federal crime, even if you get scared and decide to leave. This office, along with the National Security Division and our investigative partners, are committed to tracking down anyone who provides or attempts to provide material support to a terrorist organization.”
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