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An Arizona man has been charged with supporting ISIS by helping a New York college student get terror training in Syria.
Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal, also known as Jammie Gammal, 42, of Avondale, Arizona, was indicted for providing material support to ISIS. Prosecutors say Gammal posted comments on social media supporting ISIS, which were seen by a 24-year-old college student in New York City.
Last October, court documents say, El Gammal traveled to Manhattan, met the student, and talked about the student's plans to go to the Middle East. Prosecutors say Gammal put him in touch with a person in Turkey who offered to help arrange travel.
The student left for Istanbul in January 2015 and, with Gammal's help, traveled on to Syria where he received military-type training from ISIL between early February and at least early May 2015," according to court documents.
El Gammal was arrested on Monday in Avondale, and the case was unsealed today.
Court document do not provide the name or current status of the student. According to the indictment, the student contacted Gammal from Syria on May 7 and said "everything is going according to plan."
“Individuals like Gammal who allegedly serve as facilitators for ISIL fuel the hatred and radicalization that keep terrorist organizations like ISIL alive,” said Preet Bharara, the US Attorney in Manhattan where the charges were filed.