American citizen charged with becoming ISIS 'emir': Authorities

ISIS Sniper

Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a 42-year-old naturalized USA citizen originally from Kazakhstan, was charged with providing material support to the terrorist organization, including providing training to terrorist soldiers and attempting to recruit personnel.

According to the press release, Ruslan Maratovich Asainov was born in Kazakhstan but is a naturalized American citizen who lived in NY.

The accused terrorist was detained overseas by the Syrian Democratic Forces and was later transferred to United States custody and arrived at JFK on Thursday, the feds said.

He is slated to appear in court Friday afternoon.

A 42-year-old Brooklyn, New York, man has been charged with providing and attempting to provide material support - including training, services and personnel - to ISIS in Syria, the Department of Justice announced Friday after unsealing a criminal complaint in Brooklyn federal court. He also allegedly attempted to recruit another to travel from the Syria to fight for them.

"The United States is committed to holding accountable those who have left this country in order to fight for ISIS", said Demers.

"As alleged in the court filings, Asainov traveled overseas, joined ISIS, and became a fighter and a sniper for the terrorist organization".

"The defendant trained as a sniper and eventually attained a high enough rank within ISIS's sniper corps that ISIS fighters and supporters referred to him as a sniper 'emir, '" the government's detention memo says.

Hoping to buy a rifle scope back in 2015, Asainov asked a confidential informant to transfer him roughly $2,800, and later sent an informant two pictures showing him holding an assault rifle with a scope, prosecutors said.

Asainov was a resident of Brooklyn until he went to Istanbul, Turkey, in December 2013 before continuing on to Syria and becoming an ISIS sniper, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Authorities said he messaged one associate, saying of the Islamic State group, "we are the worst terrorist organization in the world that has ever existed", adding that he wished to die on the battlefield.



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