A Trini-born man is among two United States citizens who were detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and recently transferred to the custody of the FBI, charged with material support violations relating to their support for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
According to a press release on the US Justice Department’s website, Emraan Ali, 53, a US citizen born in Trinidad & Tobago, was charged in a complaint with providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS.
Jihad, 19, Ali’s son , a US citizen born in New York, was charged in a complaint with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS.
Both defendants had their initial appearances on Wednesday in federal court in the Southern District of Florida before US Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres.
According to the criminal complaints, in March 2015, Emraan Ali travelled to Syria with his family, including his son, Jihad Ali, to join ISIS.
Both Emraan Ali and Jihad Ali received military and religious training and served as fighters in support of the terrorist organization.
In addition to serving as a fighter, Emraan Ali served in various other roles in support of ISIS.
Emraan and Jihad Ali finally surrendered to the SDF near Baghuz in March 2019, during the last sustained ISIS battles to maintain territory in Syria.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorneys Rick Del Toro and Jonathan Kobrinski, with assistance from Trial Attorney Elisa Poteat of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.