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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A Bay Area man is being accused of trying to join a terrorist organization, authorities announced Thursday.
Adam Shafi, 22, of Fremont, is charged with one count of attempting to provide personnel to al-Nusrah Front (ANF), an organization designated by the Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity.
In an affidavit filed by an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with a criminal complaint details a number of phone conversations in which Shafi says he’s willing to die for the terrorist group.
In those phone calls, Shafi expressed to friends his love of “‘Jaulani,’ the amir of ANF,” and “his willingness to ‘die with them.’”
“His hope that ‘Allah doesn’t take [his] soul until [he has] at least, like, a couple gallons of blood that [he’s] spilled for him,’ his fear of meeting Allah ‘when [his] face has no scars on it,’ and his progress in saving enough money for his trip,” Shafi allegedly told friends in the days and weeks leading up to his trip.
Shafi knew ANF was a designated foreign terrorist organization and that the organization had engaged and was engaging in terrorist activity and terrorism, according to Stretch.
Shafi was stopped at San Francisco International Airport on June 30, as he was about to board a non-stop flight to Istanbul, Turkey, according to Acting United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch.
“Turkey is a common point of entry into Syria for foreign fighters hoping to join terrorist organizations such as ANF and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” the affidavit explains.
Shafi is currently in custody, and a bail hearing is scheduled for December 22.
Shafi faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The complaint, which was also unsealed on Thursday, alleges that Shafi tried to provide “personnel” to al-Nusrah Front, or ANF, an organization designated by the Department of State as a terrorist organization. Shafi was arrested on July 3 at San Francisco International Airport on his way to Turkey, a fact that was not publicized until Thursday.
In Shafi’s case, the FBI affidavit alleges that Shafi was stopped at SFO for questioning as he was about to board a non-stop flight to Istanbul, Turkey. That country is a “common point of entry into Syria for foreign fighters hoping to join terrorist organizations such as ANF and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL),” the affidavit states.
Shafi had a one-way ticket and was acting “suspiciously,” according to the complaint. When he was stopped by agents, Shafi said he no longer wanted to live in the United States, and he disapproved of gay marriage, listing just one of the reasons he wanted to live in a country with people who thought like himself, the complaint states.
The affidavit details a number of alleged telephone conversations Shafi had with his friends in the days and weeks leading up to his trip and his willingness to “die with them,” his hope that “Allah doesn’t take [his] soul until [he has] at least, like, a couple gallons of blood that [he’s] spilled for him,” his fear of meeting Allah “when [his] face has no scars on it,” and his progress in saving enough money for his trip, the affidavit alleges.
In December 2014, FBI agents secretly watched Shafi leading his two younger brothers in “paramilitary style” exercises, including calisthenics and crawling through the mud in Fremont, the complaint states. “Adam appeared to take the training more seriously than his younger brothers did,” the complaint states.
Shafi is not the first Bay Area resident to be charged with terrorism.
In 2013, the FBI arrested 28-year-old Matthew Adam Llaneza of San Jose for being part of an Oakland bank “bomb plot.”
Llaneza was sentenced to 15 years in prison last year after striking a deal with prosecutors.