A press release from the United States Department of Justice states that Ali Shukri Amin, a 17 year old who attended the Osbourn Park high school at Manasas, Virginia pled guilty on June 11 of this year to “conspiring to provide material support and resources to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)”.
Although it’s unclear whether he directly donated from his own funds to ISIL, Shukri Amin made several encouraging tweets towards ISIS and provided instructions so that other people could contribute financially to the cause. His handle, @Amreekiwitness has since been disabled although some of his erstwhile tweets related to the charges are reproduced below:
“There are more blacks now than slaves before the civil war. Are you truly free
#IS #Ferguson #JihadinFerguson #ISISHERO #FergusonUnderIS”
“They cower in fear of us whilst they massacre and oppress you! It’s time to strike fear into the hearts of the oppressors. #FergusonUnderIS”
The account was opened in June and had reached over 4,000 followers and 7,000 tweets by the time it was de-activated. Aside from Twitter, Shukri Amin was also active