USA v. Damache, Ali Charaf, et al.
Elicott City, MD
[EDPA] Ali Charaf Damache, a resident of Ireland of Algerian origin, and Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a Pakistani citizen residing in Elicott City, Maryland, were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. The indictment charged Damache and Khalid of setting up a violent jihad organization consisting of men and women from Europe and the United States, some of whom would travel to South Asia for explosives training and return to Europe to wage violent jihad. The indictment further alleged that Damache, also known as "theblackflag" and Khalid conspired with Colleen LaRose (a/k/a Jihad Jane) and Jamie Paulin Ramirez in a conspiracy to wage violent jihad overseas. LaRose has pleaded guilty on charges she plotted to recruit terrorists and murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. She is awaiting sentencing with another woman, Jamie Paulin Ramirez, who has pleaded guilty to charges she conspired with LaRose to support and train terrorists. In May 2012, Mohammad Khalid pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in the plot. Ali Damache pleaded guilty to conspiring with Colleen LaRose (a/k/a Jihad Jane) and others to provide material support to terrorists. He was sentenced to 15 years' in prison for his role in the conspiracy. Upon completion of his sentence, Damache will be removed from the United States and returned to Ireland, where he is a citizen, or alternatively, Algeria.