Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Helping Terrorist Group ISIS

L.P. Phillips
September 02, 2020 - 12:07 pm

A Dallas, Texas man with dual citizenship in the United States and Turkey has pleaded guilty to helping the terrorist group ISIS.

Omer Kuzu, 24, will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn on January 22, 2021. He pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. The federal charge carries a possible 20-year prison term.

During a video hearing, Kuzu appeared in orange prison garb. He said he was home-schooled, took classes at Richland College and some hours at the University of Texas, Dallas.  

Federal Court papers say Kuzu traveled to various places in the Middle East between April, 2011 and the time he was indicted last year. His job was to help repair communications equipment and support technology for ISIS, Iraq. Kuzu was captured by Syrian Defense forces and turned over to the FBI.

No evidence has been provided that Kuzu took part in combat against U.S. interests or allies.  Still providing any support is prohibited.

"Any type of support, even if it's charitable support or support for a network can be punished under the laws of this country" said Matthew Orwig, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.  "The purpose is to try to eliminate that organization and to starve it, if you will, of all the resources it needs to operate."

Kuzu will remain in jail while awaiting sentencing.​

“This defendant, an American citizen radicalized on American soil, pledged allegiance to a brutal terrorist group and traveled halfway across the world to enact its agenda,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox for the Northern District of Texas.  “The United States must do everything we can to prevent and deter this type of radicalization and prioritize prosecution of those that support the terroristic agenda of ISIS.  I am gratified Mr. Kuzu faced justice in an American court.”

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