HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A 19-year-old city man accused of trying to help the Islamic State group known as ISIS is facing new federal charges.
A federal grand jury charged Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz with solicitation to commit a crime of violence and transmitting a communication containing a threat to injury in a superseding indictment announced on Wednesday.
In December, Aziz was arrested on charges of conspiracy and trying to help a group designated by the U.S. government as a foreign terrorist organization.
Prosecutors say he tried to provide support to the Islamic State group and used Twitter to spread the group’s propaganda and to advocate violence against the United States. Charging documents state he also tried to help others travel to ISIS-controlled territory to fight for the group.
The superseding indictment alleges that during the same time period, Aziz solicited, commanded, induced and endeavored to persuade others to kill and attempt to kill officers and employees of the United States.
Furthermore, it’s alleged that Aziz knowingly tweeted the names, addresses, photographs and military branches of approximately 100 U.S. servicemembers to followers and viewers of his Twitter account. The communication also contained threats to injure the servicemembers, stating “kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their street thinking that they are safe.”
No date has been set as to when Aziz will be arraigned on the new charges.
Last week, a motion was filed in U.S. District Court by Aziz’s public defender stating that he had been denied visitation and phone calls with his parents.
Aziz’s trial is expected to begin on February 6, 2017.