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Home health care aide accused of trying to aid terror group

USA prosecutors on Thursday charged a Bronx, New York, man with attempting to travel to Syria in order to fight for Islamic State.Saddam Mohamed Raishani, 30, was arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after trying to board a flight to Istanbul via Lisbon, federal prosecutors in Manhattan said.US Prosecutors on Thursday charged Bronx resident Saddam Mohamed Raishani with attempting to provide material support to ISIS (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison.Court documents reveal that he advised an individual – who, unbeknownst to him, was an undercover law enforcement officer – that the individual could pose as a “refugee aid worker” while traveling to join the Islamic State in order to avoid questioning from authorities at worldwide borders.The FBI and NYPD began investigating Raishani in January when he contacted a confidential source working with law enforcement to tell him he wanted to join ISIS, authorities said.In April, the confidential source introduced Raishani to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, who also heard some of Raishani’s plans, the complaint said.The source connected Raishani with an undercover officer posing as an individual who also wanted to travel overseas to join the militant group.The complaint said Raishani expressed regret that he had not gone to Syria at the same time as his friend and had quit his job and paid off debts in preparation for his trip.”Raishani indicated that he felt humiliated for not having traveled with Person-1 to join the Islamic State”, according to court records.According to court papers, Raishani suggested posing as a nurse while the undercover posed as a refugee aid worker, so they could cross global borders without being stopped.U.S. Attorney Joon Kim says Raishani was arrested Wednesday as he tried to board a plane at Kennedy Airport to go to Syria.Court records cited conversations Raishani had with a paid Federal Bureau of Investigation informant, telling him he regretted skipping a trip he arranged for an unidentified associate to join ISIS.In April, the confidential source introduced Raishani to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, who also heard some of Raishani’s plans, the complaint said. He was trying to board a flight for Portugal, where he would have transferred to Istanbul. Agents said they also learned that Raishani previously helped a friend join IS, by helping him purchase supplies and dropping him off at the airport.