New Mexico Man Indicted In US For Providing Support To ISIS

New Mexico Man Indicted In US For Providing Support To ISIS

New Mexico Man Indicted In US For Providing Support To ISIS. 

New Mexico Man Indicted In US For Providing Support To ISIS

A New Mexico man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and attempting to obstruct, influence, and impede at least one official proceeding.

On Friday, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled that the New Mexico man named Herman Leyvoune Wilson must be detained on federal charges for allegedly attempting to recruit fighters for the ISIS terror group, according to the US Justice department

Wilson allegedly sought to train ISIS operatives to carry out missions both in the United States and abroad.

The report states that a federal grand jury indicted Herman Leyvoune Wilson, aka Bilal Mu’Min Abdullah, 45, of Albuquerque, on Aug. 23, and Wilson will remain in custody pending an arraignment scheduled for Aug. 30.

The report suggests he was alleged to have “attempted to provide material support and resources to the foreign terrorist organization,” stated the Journal.

“From Jan. 23, 2020, to Nov. 20, 2021, Wilson allegedly attempted to provide material support and resources to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Wilson allegedly attempted to establish an “Islamic State Center” in New Mexico that would teach ISIS ideology, provide training in tactical maneuvers and martial arts, and serve as a safe haven for individuals preparing to travel and fight on behalf of ISIS in the United States and abroad,”, the report stated.

Other federal documents allege that Wilson also radicalized others, attempted to set up a training camp in Albuquerque for ISIS supporters, and physically drove a confidential informant to Kirtland Air Force Base, describing it as a potential target.

The justice department also accused Wilson of using an online platform to promote the Islamic Center and find potential like-minded individuals to join the center.

ISIS is notorious in the Middle East for carrying out horrific public executions and torture. The terror group has also inspired attacks on civilians in the West and recruited Muslims from Western countries to fight in the Middle East. Like other Islamic terror groups, ISIS seeks Israel’s destruction.

Two of Wilson’s recruits were arrested in September 2020 and pleaded guilty in Texas to providing material support to ISIS.

“In September 2020, Kristopher Matthews and Jaylin Molina were arrested for providing material support to ISIS and later pleaded guilty in the Western District of Texas. Matthews and Molina admitted that Wilson radicalized them to ISIS’s ideology and that without Wilson’s influence, they would never have committed the crimes. When Matthews and Molina were arrested, Wilson allegedly instructed online platform members to destroy evidence of their use of the group. Matthews and Molina were sentenced in July 2022 to 20 years and 18 years in prison, respectively”, the Justice Department further stated.

Another report in the Albuquerque Journal went further to state other kinds of actions Wilson took which evidence could seal his fate for a possible 20-year jail term.

Wilson is accused of taking photographs of an Albuquerque-area National Guard facility in the company of an informant he drove to the locations, and also holding meetings in Albuquerque to “rally pro-ISIS individuals to jihad, further support, and possibly martyrdom,”. It says people at the meetings discussed “attacking law enforcement, acquiring firearms, killing imams who do not support ISIS and inspiring others to wage jihad.”

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