Bay Ridge man allegedly turned ISIS sniper charged in federal court

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A United States citizen traveled to Syria to join ISIS, became a sniper and trained other fighters to use weapons, federal prosecutors in NY said on Friday as they announced charges that the man supported the terrorist organization.

He's expected to make his first appearance in court later Friday afternoon in Brooklyn. "The United States believes that every country should take responsibility for its citizens who have tried or succeeded in joining ISIS".

It held an unidentified America-citizen as an enemy combatant for more than a year at a USA military facility in Iraq before finally freeing him.

Asainov capture and repatriation appeared to bring to an end what the government presents as a five-year odyssey of soldiering on the Islamic State's behalf.

"In December 2013, the defendant traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, which is a common transit point to obtain entry into Syria".

"The defendant, a naturalized USA citizen residing in Brooklyn, turned his back on the country that took him in and joined ISIS, serving its violent ends in Syria and attempting to recruit others to its cause", Donoghue said.

Asainov then rose through the ranks, prosecutors contend, to become an "emir" and oversaw the training of other ISIS recruits in the use of weapons. One of the soldiers was "wearing a patch that identifies him as an ISIS fighter", according to the complaint. They say he also helped to establish training camps.

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A confidential informant working with investigators helped build the case against Asainov, according to court papers.

"Asainov traveled overseas, joined ISIS, and became a fighter and a sniper for the terrorist organization", said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers.

Asainov is alleged to have referred to the grou he was supposedly assisting as "the worst terrorist organisation" adding he would like to "die in battle".

Hoping to buy a rifle scope back in 2015, Asainov asked a confidential informant to transfer him roughly $2,800, and later sent an informant two pictures showing him holding an assault rifle with a scope, prosecutors said.

The informant did not provide the money.

He stayed in contact with some people in the United States, sending messages and photographs of himself from the battlefield.

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