A 21-year-old IS recruit, who was charged with alleged Australian IS recruiter Mohamed Zuhbi has pleaded not guilty in a Texas court.
The American man, Asher Khan moved to Sydney in 2013 to live with his relatives. Khan, allegedly, encouraged a friend in Texas to meet him in Turkey, planning to go to Syria to join ISIS. According to the US prosecutors, Khan asked assistance from Sydney man Mohamed Zuhbi, who was an IS recruiter.
Zuhbi helped many Australians in moving from Turkey into Syria and then the Training camps of ISIS reported The Australian. Zuhbi was a former aid worker. He had been close to Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who was Australia’s top IS recruiter.
Zuhbi helped Asher Khan by providing him a logistic device and a Turkish mobile number to call once he was in the country. Khan flew from Sydney to Turkey in February 2014. Khan’s family intervened from joining him IS. They tricked him into coming home. His family sent him wrong information about his mother health and deceived him in coming back to his family’s home in Texas, reported Heavy.
Khan allegedly, contacted a Turkey-based fighter facilitator trough Facebook and told him, “I wanna join ISIS can you help?
He also said, “I wanna die as a Shaheed (martyr).”
Khan and Zuhbi are charged with 6 counts. They are, conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization; conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country; and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, reported SBS. Khan is also accused of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
Asher Khan, on Friday’s court hearing in Houston, pleaded not guilty. If convicted both Khan and Zuhbi would be sentenced life prison.
Recently, a New York man was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in jail for recruiting people for IS. Mufeed Alfghee, a pizzeria owner admitted that he tried to recruit fighters for IS. Mufid in his statement said that news reports about violent acts by ISIS convinced him that he was supporting a wrong group.