Former U.S. Air Force mechanic, Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 48, was convicted of trying to join ISIS in Syria

ARA News

DAMASCUS – A U.S. federal court has convicted an Air Force veteran of trying to join the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS).

After a week-long trial in Brooklyn federal court, the suspect was found guilty of attempting to join ISIS ranks, local media reported on Wednesday.  

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 48, is believed to have immersed himself in violent ISIS propaganda for months, Newsday said.

According to prosecutors, the convicted man had bought a one-way flight from his home in Egypt to Turkey, “where he hoped to cross the Syrian border” into territory controlled by ISIS jihadis.

The former U.S. Air Force mechanic was arrested at the hands of the Turkish authorities in Istanbul, and eventually flown to the United States to face 
terrorism charges. 

Pugh’s case is reportedly the first in more than 75 ISIS-related prosecutions brought since 2014 by the US Department of Justice to reach a jury verdict.

By: Laila Majdalawi 

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