Virginia teenager pleads guilty over facilitating bitcoin funds to aid Isis / 11 June 2015

The 17-year-old, Ali Shukri Amin, faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly helping another person travel to Syria to join the terrorist group

A tech-savvy US teenager has pleaded guilty to using social media to aid the Islamic State group, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison, the Justice Department said.

Ali Shukri Amin, 17, a resident of Virginia, admitted to providing advice and encouragement to Isis and its supporters, US prosecutors said.

Under the Twitter handle @Amreekiwitness, the youth provided Isis supporters instruction on using the virtual currency bitcoin to conceal financial donations.

The teenager also offered guidance to Isis supporters seeking to travel to Syria to fight with the radical Islamist group.

“Around the nation, we are seeing Isil use social media to reach out from the other side of the world,” said John Carlin, US assistant attorney for national security, using the acronym most frequently employed by Washington officials when referring to Isis.

“Their messages are reaching America in an attempt to radicalize, recruit and incite our youth and others to support Isil’s violent causes,” he said.