US charges citizen for providing support to IS

WASHINGTON • Prosecutors in Washington have charged a US citizen for joining the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, according to a statement from the Justice Department on Wednesday.

The charges alleged that Lirim Sylejmani conspired to provide and provided material support to IS, which the US has classified as a terrorist organisation, between 2015 and 2019.

The department also claimed that he received military training from the self-styled caliphate.

“The defendant is a US citizen who abandoned the country that welcomed him to join IS Iraq and Syria in Syria,” acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin (picture) said in the statement of Sylejmani, who was born in Kosovo. “He will now be held accountable for his actions in an American courtroom.”

Sylejmani was captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces last year, according to the statement, before facing an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force. —AFP