US man convicted of conspiracy to support IS

WASHINGTON, March 17 (KUNA) — A man from Arizona was found guilty on five counts of conspiring to support the so-called Islamic State, including the transport of firearms and making false statements to the FBI.
Abdul-Malik Abdul-Kareem, 44, focused on transporting firearms and ammunition in interstate commerce with the intent to commit murder and aggravated assault in the US, the Department of Justice said in a press release on Thursday. Abdul-Kareem and his two roommates considered attacks against US military bases, service members and shopping malls. He lied to the FBI about having prior knowledge of an attack in Texas at a “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest,” where his roommates shot security personnel and police officers.
Abdul-Kareem’s counts of conviction carry a potential sentence of at least 45 years in prison. The verdict was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Acting US Attorney Elizabeth Strange of the District of Arizona and Acting Special Agent in Charge Justin Tolomeo, of the FBI’s Phoenix Division. (end) ak.gb