War on Terrorism

Monday, August 19, 2019

DOD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Specialist Clayton James Horne, 23, of Atlanta, Louisiana died August 17, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a result of wounds sustained by a noncombat related incident. The incident is currently under investigation.

Horne was assigned to the 351st Military Police Company, 160th Military Police Battalion, Ocala, Florida.

For more information regarding Spc. Clayton Horne, media may contact MAJ Valerie Palacios, valerie.m.palacios.mil@mail.mil, 210-273-6114 or MSG Andy Yoshimura, andy.n.yoshimura.mil@mail.mil, 630-738-4170.

Defendant Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS


Defendant Provided Money to Fund Travel of Co-Conspirator to Fight on Behalf of ISIS

Azizjon Rakhmatov, a citizen of Uzbekistan and resident of New Haven, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).  Today’s plea took place before United States District Court Judge William F. Kuntz, II.  When sentenced, Rakhmatov faces up to 15 years’ imprisonment.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, (FBI), New York Field Office; and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the guilty plea.

According to court filings, Rakhmatov’s co-defendants Abdurasul Juraboev and Akhror Saidakhmetov planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of ISIS.  Rakhmatov and co-defendant Abror Habibov discussed providing their own money to cover Saidakhmetov’s travel expenses and to purchase a firearm for Saidakhmetov once he arrived in Syria.  Rakhmatov also agreed to collect money from others to fund Saidakhmetov’s travel.  On the day before Saidakhmetov’s scheduled departure, Rakhmatov transferred $400 into co-defendant Akmal Zakirov’s personal bank account to facilitate Saidakhmetov’s travel to and expenses in Syria.

Juraboev, Saidakahmetov, Habibov and Zakirov have previously pleaded guilty.  Juraboev and Saidakahmetov each were sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment.  Habibov and Zakirov are awaiting sentencing.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s National Security & Cybercrime Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Douglas M. Pravda, David K. Kessler, and J. Matthew Haggans are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by Trial Attorney Steven Ward of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

The Defendant:

AZIZJON RAKHMATOV
Age:  32
New Haven, Connecticut

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 15-CR-95 (S-3)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bosnian National Sentenced for Providing Material Support to Terrorists


St. Louis, MO – Armin Harcevic, 41, of Ballwin, MO, appeared today before U.S. District Judge Catherine D. Perry.  Harcevic was sentenced to 66 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists.  Harcevic was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal to begin his sentence immediately. Based on the offenses for which Harcevic was convicted he is subject to deportation and removal from the United States.

According to court documents, Armin Harcevic, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, Nihad Rosic, Jasminka Ramic and Mediha Medy Salkicevic conspired with others to support the activities of Abdullah Ramo Pazara and others, including a conspiracy to commit outside the United States an act that would constitute the offense of murder or maiming if committed in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States.  Harcevic intended to and did provide support and resources to Pazara, knowing that he and his co-conspirators would use the support and resources in furtherance of their combat against Syrian government forces and others.  Harcevic’s support consisted of money, which was used by his co-conspirators to purchase supplies such as U.S. military uniforms, rifle scopes, combat boots, tactical gear, clothing, firearms accessories, range finders, and other supplies useful to fighters engaged in combat in Syria and elsewhere.

Co-defendants Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Sedina Unkic Hodzic are awaiting sentencing; Nihad Rosic is awaiting trial; Jasminka Ramic and Mediha Medy Salkicevic were sentenced to 36 and 78 months in prison, respectively.

This case was investigated by the St. Louis FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Postal Inspection Service, St. Louis Metropolitan and St. Louis County Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew Drake, Howard Marcus and Kenneth Tihen of the Eastern District of Missouri and Trial Attorney Joshua Champagne of the Department of Justice’s Counterterrorism Section.