USA v. Naji, Mohamed Rafik
Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)
[EDNY] Mohamed Rafik Naji of Brooklyn, NY, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Naji, a lawful permanent resident originally from Yemen, viewed and distributed ISIS propaganda before traveling from New York to Yemen in March 2015 in an effort to join ISIS. While in Yemen, Naji repeatedly tried to travel to areas controlled by ISIS, explaining in emails with an associate in the United States that he was on his fifth attempt to reach ISIS.