Six Bosnian natives who immigrated to the U.S. sent money and military equipment to support Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State terror group, the Justice Department reported Friday night.
The suspects sent multiple payments using PayPal, as well as U.S. military uniforms, combat boots, tactical clothing and gear, military surplus goods, firearms accessories, rifle scopes and first aid supplies to Turkey.
The supplies and money eventually made their way to fighters in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. Money was also sent to family members of people fighting in Iraq, and elsewhere. The indictment says the defendants knew where the money and supplies were going.
The indictment said members of the group used telephones and Facebook to send and receive messages, using fictitious names and code words including “Lions,” “Bosnian brothers” and “mujahids.”
All six were charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists. Those charged were Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, and Armin Harcevic, 37, all of St. Louis County, Mo.; Nihad Rosic, 26, of Utica, N.Y.; Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34 of Schiller Park, Ill.; and Jasminka Ramic, 42, of Rockford, Ill. The charge carried a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.
A 15 year sentence on providing material support for a Jihadist terrorist organization is incredibly light. American desperately needs reform in this area.