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    Six Bosnian Immigrants to US Accused of Supporting Islamic State

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    The six stand accused of sending material support, including military equipment, from the US to the Islamic State in Syria.

    The US attorney's office has announced the indictment of six Bosnian immigrants to the United States on charges of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, and of providing material support to terrorists, the AP reported Friday.

    "The defendants donated money themselves and in some cases collected funds from others in the US and sent the donations overseas," according to the indictment cited by the agency, which was unsealed on Friday in St Louis. "Two of the defendants used some of the money to buy US military uniforms, firearms accessories, tactical gear and other equipment, which was shipped to people in Turkey and Saudi Arabia who forwarded the supplies to terrorists."

    Three of the six defendants are naturalized US citizens, while another three have the status of refugee or legal resident in the US. Two of those named, Nihad Rosic, 26, from New York, and Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, of St Louis County, are also charged with conspiring to kill and maim people in a foreign country, which carries a maximum life sentence. Rosic is described as trying to board a flight from New York to Syria last July.

    Also named were Hodzic's wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, Armin Harcevic, 37, from St. Louis, and  Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34, and Jasminka Ramic, 42 from Illinois.  It is alleged that over a period of two years, the accused used social media websites, phones and email to carry out their plot to help terrorists, for which they could receive up to 15 years in prison.

    According to a report from USA Today, prosecutors believe Ramiz Hodzic collected almost $8,000 to support IS fighters, and used $2,400 of that money to buy military equipment from businesses in St. Louis including military uniforms, combat boots and rifle accessories. Also named in the document was Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a naturalized US citizen also from Bosnia who in May 2013 traveled to Syria from the US to become a guerrilla fighter. The report reveals that Pazara was not indicted as he is believed by federal authorities to have died last year.


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