Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev

U.S. authorities arrested Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev and two cohorts—his roommate Akhror Saidakhmetov and financer Abror Habibov—on February 25, 2015, for allegedly attempting to leave the United States to join ISIS in Syria.“UNITED STATES OF AMERICA against ABDURASUL HASANOVICH JURABOEV, also known as “Abdulloh Ibn Hasan,” AKHROR SAIDAKHMETOV, and ABROR HABIBOV, Defendants.,” United States Department of Justice, February 24, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/file/344761/download. Juraboev is a resident of Brooklyn, New York, and a citizen of Uzbekistan.“Three Brooklyn Residents Charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL,” FBI, February 25, 2015, https://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2015/three-brooklyn-residents-charged-with-attempt-and-conspiracy-to-provide-material-support-to-isil. Juraboev had allegedly planned to fly to Istanbul in March 2015 to join ISIS in Syria.Stephanie Clifford, “Brooklyn Man Accused of Supporting ISIS Pleads Guilty,” New York Times, August 15, 2015, https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/15/nyregion/brooklyn-man-accused-of-supporting-isis-pleads-guilty.html. Juraboev was charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS and faces a maximum sentence of 15 years.“Three Brooklyn Residents Charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL,” FBI, February 25, 2015, https://www.fbi.gov/newyork/press-releases/2015/three-brooklyn-residents-charged-with-attempt-and-conspiracy-to-provide-material-support-to-isil. He pled guilty in August 2015 to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.Stephanie Clifford, “Brooklyn Man Accused of Supporting ISIS Pleads Guilty,” New York Times, August 14, 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/15/nyregion/brooklyn-man-accused-of-supporting-isis-pleads-guilty.html. On October 27, 2017, Juraboev was sentenced to 15 years in prison, the maximum term possible.Jonathan Stempel, “Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 15 Years Prison over Islamic State Support,” Reuters, October 27, 2017, https://www.reuters.com/article/us-new-york-security/brooklyn-man-sentenced-to-15-years-prison-over-islamic-state-support-idUSKBN1CW2TN.

Juraboev won a green card in a lottery a few years before his arrest.Joe Jackson, “Terror Suspect Called a Quiet Loner,” Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/terror-suspect-called-a-quiet-loner-1425089215. During the summer of 2014, he began work at a Gyro King restaurant in Brooklyn.Joe Jackson, “Terror Suspect Called a Quiet Loner,” Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/terror-suspect-called-a-quiet-loner-1425089215. Juraboev reportedly attended several mosques in the New York City borough, including the Makki Masjid Muslim Community Center of Brooklyn, the Abu Bakr El Seddique Mosque, and the Belal Masjid.Joe Jackson, “Terror Suspect Called a Quiet Loner,” Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/terror-suspect-called-a-quiet-loner-1425089215. Gyro King owner Zakarya Khan described Juraboev as “devout” and noted Juraboev struggled with English. Khan did not notice any signs of radicalization in Juraboev, but said he became “more withdrawn, more reserved and even more quiet” in the two months prior to his arrest.Joe Jackson, “Terror Suspect Called a Quiet Loner,” Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/terror-suspect-called-a-quiet-loner-1425089215.

According to authorities, Juraboev began posting on an online Uzbeki ISIS message board in August 2014.Joe Jackson, “Terror Suspect Called a Quiet Loner,” Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/terror-suspect-called-a-quiet-loner-1425089215. Juraboev offered to kill President Barack Obama and questioned if that would earn him martyrdom.“UNITED STATES OF AMERICA against ABDURASUL HASANOVICH JURABOEV, also known as “Abdulloh Ibn Hasan,” AKHROR SAIDAKHMETOV, and ABROR HABIBOV, Defendants.,” United States Department of Justice, February 24, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/file/344761/download. He also threatened to bomb Coney Island, New York.“UNITED STATES OF AMERICA against ABDURASUL HASANOVICH JURABOEV, also known as “Abdulloh Ibn Hasan,” AKHROR SAIDAKHMETOV, and ABROR HABIBOV, Defendants.,” United States Department of Justice, February 24, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/file/344761/download. The FBI traced his initial post threatening the president, and set up a months-long undercover operation with a classified informant from one of the mosques Juraboev attended.Joe Jackson, “Terror Suspect Called a Quiet Loner,” Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/terror-suspect-called-a-quiet-loner-1425089215. The FBI built its case based on recorded conversations between the informant, Juraboev, Saidakhmetov, and Habibov, who authorities charged with funding Saidakhmetov’s trip.“UNITED STATES OF AMERICA against ABDURASUL HASANOVICH JURABOEV, also known as “Abdulloh Ibn Hasan,” AKHROR SAIDAKHMETOV, and ABROR HABIBOV, Defendants.,” United States Department of Justice, February 24, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/file/344761/download.

 
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