A New York City man has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Parveg Ahmed, 22, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday after being deported from the Middle East, where he was detained while attempting to enter Syria, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Eastern District Office.
“As alleged, Ahmed sought to take up arms with violent terrorists who have killed numerous innocent victims, including Americans,” acting U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said in a statement.
“This Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to work tirelessly to arrest and prosecute extremists before they are able to threaten the United States and its allies,” she added.
After Ahmed was detained Monday, investigators with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force found messages and other records on electronic devices indicating that he intended to join ISIS.
“We have made it to Dawlatul Islam [ISIS] in Syria. In sha Allah [God willing] we will join the Jihad very soon and in Sha Allah [God willing] we will then join the ranks of the Shuhuda [martyrs],” one message read, according to court documents. “The West has invaded the land of the Muslims and is constantly attacking it.”
Investigators also uncovered an internet browser history indicating that Ahmed had been researching maps of ISIS-controlled territory.
Ahmed is expected to make an initial court appearance at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on Tuesday.