Earlier this week, a one-count information was filed charging Aziz Ihab Sayyed, 23, of Huntsville, Alabama, with attempting to provide services and personnel, namely himself, to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Sayyed pleaded guilty today.
The guilty plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon.
Sayyed acknowledged that he bought bomb-building ingredients last year, stated his aspirations to conduct ISIS-inspired attacks on police stations and Redstone Arsenal, and attempted to form a cell to conduct violent acts within the United States. Sayyed admitted knowing that ISIS is a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Between January and June of 2017 in Madison County, Sayyed, a U.S. citizen, obtained and viewed ISIS propaganda videos depicting ISIS forces committing bombings, executions by gunshot and beheading, and other violent acts, according to the court documents. Sayyed shared the videos and expressed his support for ISIS and for ISIS terrorist attacks around the world.
Sayyed researched and learned how to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP), a highly volatile and extremely dangerous explosive material, purchased the necessary ingredients for the explosive, and professed his aspiration to use TATP in an explosive belt and/or a car bomb, according to the plea agreement.
On June 13, 2017, Sayyed met with an individual he understood to be an ISIS member. The person was in fact an undercover employee (UCE) for the FBI. Sayyed and the UCE discussed the danger of TATP, ISIS’s preference for the use of certain explosives, and Sayyed’s desire to assist ISIS, according to the plea agreement. In that meeting, Sayyed offered himself as personnel to the UCE, believing that the UCE was an ISIS member.
Sayyed’s plea agreement stipulates a 15-year prison sentence.
Under the terms of the deal, federal prosecutors recommended Sayyed be sentenced to 15 years in prison and be placed on supervised probation for the rest of his life.
Sayyed’s attorney Bruce Gardner said the state agreed to drop its charges as a part of the deal.
Those charges, however, haven’t been officially dropped yet.
U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon set Sayyed’s sentencing hearing for 3 p.m. on June 20 in Huntsville. The judge isn’t bound by the plea agreement and can sentence Sayyed to up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the facts presented in the plea deal, Sayyed obtained and viewed propaganda videos from terrorist organizations. These videos showed ISIS forces committing bombings, executions and beheadings.
Sayyed showed his support for the terrorist organization by singing ISIS chants, possessing an ISIS flag and saying the group was on the “right path,” according to the 13-page plea deal.
When asked if he would ever participate in beheadings, Sayyed allegedly responded “is there any higher honor?”
In the deal, Sayyed admitted to discussing his aspirations to carry out an attack on Redstone Arsenal or on police stations with two different people. He went to a shooting range in northern Alabama to learn how to operate certain firearms and practice shooting them.
Sayyed is an American citizen and was born in Raleigh, N.C. He was living in Huntsville to attend Calhoun Community College. Sayyed’s parents live in Kuwait, Gardner said, adding that the young man’s uncle lives in Huntsville and works for NASA.
Gardner said Sayyed’s family in Kuwait is saddened that the young man went down this path.
Sayyed is being housed in the Cullman County Jail until his sentencing hearing. He is held on $250,000 cash bond.
Gardner said he will recommend Sayyed serve his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Talladega.
The budding jihadists parents live in Kuwait. Was he an anchor baby?
Why would the state drop the charges when the jihadis planned to behead Alabaman’s and his target “included the Huntsville and Madison County area, including Redstone Arsenal”? Then make taxpayers pay for a lifetime of probation? Fools.
The judge is an Obama-appointee from Sierra Leone.