South Carolina Teen Arrested for Attempting to Join ISIS

YORK. S.C. — A South Carolina teenager has been arrested on charges that he attempted to provide material support to the barbaric Islamic group ISIS, which identifies itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Zakaryia Abdin, 18, of Ladson was arrested on Thursday by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) as he was about to board a plane overseas to allegedly join ISIS.

According to the Charlotte Observer, police had previously warned a juvenile parole board that the teen posed a threat after he made statements that he wanted to kill police and military members.

Abdin had been arrested in 2015 over a plot to rob a gun store and use the stolen weapons to attack a military base. He was also found with an ISIS flag and other material that linked him to the organization. Abdin was sentenced to five years in a juvenile facility on gun—not terrorism—charges.

Hee became eligible for parole last May and the board decided to release him despite pleas from law enforcement.

“I am disgruntled and dismayed that the juvenile parole board would not heed our warning, and that the federal government did not pursue terrorism-related charges when he was a juvenile, which forced us to charge him with a misdemeanor gun charge rather than with a more serious terrorism-related charge,” York Police Chief Andy Robinson said following Abdin’s release.

He repeated his sentiments last week after the teen was again arrested.

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“We tried to protect the people of this community, this state and America by arresting him and asking that he be kept in jail after he was convicted,” Robinson told the Observer, “but the parole board let him out.”

“It is aggravating that now the federal government can prosecute him because he is 18, when they couldn’t when he was a juvenile,” he said. “He was just as much a threat then as he is now, and this shows it.”

While a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice provides little details surrounding Abdin’s arrest on Thursday, it simply notes that the teen “was arrested for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)” and that “[t]he charge is based on Abdin’s alleged attempt to travel overseas to join the terrorist organization.”

Abdin, a native of Syria, was arraigned in court on Friday.

As previously reported, also on Friday, two U.S. women were sentenced to 12 and 11 years in prison respectively for raising funds for the terror group al-Shabaab. Muna Osman Jama, 36, of Reston, Virginia, and Hinda Osman Dhirane, 46, of Kent, Washington, were accused of organizing the “Group of Fifteen,” which met in a web chat room to discuss funnelling funds to the organization.

The FBI recorded telephone calls and obtained other communications between members of the group, which it believed demonstrated that the women had connections to al-Shabaab’s leadership and activities.

“Jama and Dhirane were recorded as they laughed as the carnage at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi was still taking place. Dhirane and co-conspirator were also recorded as they laughed at the Boston Marathon Bombing before it became known who committed the attack,” the Department of Justice outlined.

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  • Robert

    Teens can check out sites the articles teen checked out or world view everlasting .!

    • Amos Moses


      • Robert

        ????-????-t ?

        • Amos Moses

          it was just that your OP was a little confusing ….. i have looked at the WVEverlasting site and listened to some of the videos now ….. good source ….. seems to have a similar view and sense of humor as Pastor Rosebrough at Pirate Christian Radio ….. thnx for the link ….

          • Robert

            Yea It’s pretty good stuff even if it’s not from my wels denomination .

          • Amos Moses

            i put myself somewhere between Missouri and Wisconsin Synod ….. although not a Lutheran ….. but on that “scale” kind of thing ……….. you might also check out Lutheran Satire on the u-tube machine …… very funny but also very good ……..

        • michael louwe

          The chances of a US teen named Zakaryia Abdin(= a Muslim name) choosing to visit the Worldview Everlasting website is practically next to nil.
          ……. Chances are higher for a teen named Zachary Dubin.

      • Robert

        You are aware teens often get to know isis through the internet?

        • Amos Moses

          sure ……

  • Robert

    I am assuming the articles teen knew about isis sites but not about world view ever lasting site. Any way interesting article about this teen.

  • InTheChurch

    Teen? He is an adult. He is grown and needs to face more time. He’s not a kid.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Loss of Christianity = Loss of the sense of right and wrong.
    Secularism is meaningless and it belittles human life and scorns morality. Man cannot aim to co-exist with evil and live well. Impossible. American children need Christianity to value everyone’s life and keep morality. The Westerners including Americans should stop attacking Christianity; it’s been attacking the human life itself – a truly deadly thing to do to children. Children need education on the truth and the love of God to value life.

  • michael louwe

    Remember, nowadays, nearly all terrorists are Muslims, even though not all Muslims are terrorists.

    Before the 1970s, there were mostly communist terrorists and guerrillas, eg the Vietcongs.

    To win the 2001- War-on-Terror, the Muslim factor has to be dealt with.
    Stop being liberally political-correct(= win Muslim votes but lose Western lives) and adopting the appeasement policy(= bc there will be no end to the Muslim terrorists’ demands).