Place of Birth: New York, United States;
Elvis Redzepagic is a New York man who pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State (ISIS) and the al-Nusrah Front terrorist groups, both designated by the U.S. Department of State as foreign terrorist organizations.
Redzepagic, of Commack, New York, began communicating in early 2015 with an individual he believed to be both the commander of a battalion in Syria and a member of the Islamic State or the al-Nusrah Front, and made attempts to join that individual’s battalion to engage in violent jihad.
In July 2015, he traveled to Turkey and made multiple unsuccessful attempts to cross the border into Syria.
Unable to enter Syria from Turkey, Redzepagic traveled to Jordan in August 2016, but was stopped and deported by Jordanian authorities.
In Facebook messages from October 2015, Redzepagic explained that “jihad” is when “you fight for the sake of God” and “die for the sake of Allah.”
Redzepagic stated that he traveled to Turkey to join Jihad and join Jabhat Al-Nusra. He predicted, “there will come a time where people will only know to say Allahu Akbar.”
In subsequent interviews with law enforcement, Redzepagic admitted that at the time he attempted to enter Syria, he was prepared to strap a bomb to himself.
If convicted, Redzepagic faces up to twenty years in prison.
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