Syrian-born Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati is an American citizen and resident of California. On April 22, 2015, Kodaimati was arrested in Rancho Bernardo, California, and accused of participating in battle alongside al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate the Nusra Front.Kristina Davis, “San Diegan accused of hiding ISIS links,” San Diego Union Tribune, April 23, 2015, http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/23/syrian-terror-isis-arrested-saeed/. He was charged with two counts of making false statements involving international terrorism matters. Kodaimati pled guilty to having ties to ISIS and to lying to the FBI in October 2015. He agreed to an eight-year prison sentence in his plea deal.Steve Fiorina, “Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati arrested, charged in international terrorism investigation,” ABC News San Diego, April 23, 2015, http://www.10news.com/news/san-diegan-mohamad-saeed-kodaimati-arrested-charged-in-international-terrorism-investigation;
Tony Perry, “Syrian immigrant, 24, admits links to Islamic State and pleads guilty to lying to FBI,” Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2015, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-islamic-state-links-suspect-guilty-20151029-story.html.
Kodaimati is believed to have operated out of Syria at some point between between 2012 and early 2015. He is accused of having worked at the Nusra Front’s sharia court, which uses Islamic law in all legal proceedings. He is also accused of having served as a mediator between the Nusra Front and rival group ISIS.Kristina Davis, “San Diegan accused of hiding ISIS links,” San Diego Union Tribune, April 23, 2015, http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/apr/23/syrian-terror-isis-arrested-saeed/.
The federal complaint alleged that Kodaimati made false statements about his activities and associations in Syria during an interview at the U.S. embassy in Turkey in March 2015. According to the complaint, Kodaimati falsely claimed that he had never been involved in any fighting with the Nusra Front,“San Diego Man Arrested and Charged With Making False Statements in an International Terrorism Investigation,” United States Department of Justice, April 23, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/san-diego-man-arrested-and-charged-making-false-statements-international-terrorism. that he had never used his weapon (though he admitted to owning one), and that he did not know any ISIS members.“San Diego Man Arrested and Charged With Making False Statements in an International Terrorism Investigation,” United States Department of Justice, April 23, 2015, http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/san-diego-man-arrested-and-charged-making-false-statements-international-terrorism.
Date of Birth
1990 or 1991
Place of birth
Place of residence
San Diego, California, United States
Naturalized U.S. citizen
04/22/2015: false statements involving international terrorism
Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati Unknown
Part of an email correspondence with an unnamed individual while in Syria: “I work with the brothers trying to help people to live Kind of Jihad.”
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