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DHS-FBI Issue Joint Intelligence Bulletin on the Arrests of Five Individuals for Providing Material Support to Terrorists

The bulletin which provides information on the 6 February 2015 FBI arrests of Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, Nihad Rosic, Mediha Medy Salkicevic, and Armin Harcevic for conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists. Rosic, Salkicevic, and Harcevic are named as U.S. Persons in the bulletin.

According to the indictment, the FBI arrested the group on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists. Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Nihad Rosic were also charged with conspiracy to kill and maim persons in a foreign country. The indictment alleges:

The group knowingly and willingly conspired with each other to provide material support and resources and attempt to provide material support and resources, including: money, US military uniforms, combat boots, military surplus goods, tactical gear and clothing, firearms accessories, optical equipment, range finders, rifle scopes, and equipment to Syria/Iraq foreign fighter Abdullah Ramo Pazara and others participating in the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq via different intermediaries.

Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Nihad Rosic are charged with conspiracy to kill and maim persons in a foreign country, based on overt actions including packing and sending money and materials to Pazara and others acting on behalf of a designated foreign terrorist organization operating in Syria and Iraq.

The bulletin highlights that the potential indicators of providing material support to terrorism, include, but are not limited to:

Efforts to conceal or mask the transfer of money or other financial resources or records into or out of the United States, including the use of bulk cash smuggling, stored value cards (for example, gift cards with a cash value or CashU cards), or structuring of wire transfers (this refers to sending funds out of the country in a series of increments below the $10,000 reporting limit) to assist terrorist organizations or violent extremists in the United States or overseas.

Acquiring or shipping military/tactical equipment and clothing, firearms accessories, and off-the-shelf gear to assist terrorist organizations or violent extremists in the United States or overseas.

Making travel arrangements—including applying for documents and identification necessary for travel or procuring fraudulent travel documents—in conjunction with advocacy of travel to join violent extremist causes.

Communicating online with Syria-based violent extremists for advice on travel routes to Syria.

New participation in weapons training or paramilitary exercises in preparation for engaging in violence abroad.

Destroying computers and taking down social media profiles prior to travel to areas with known violent extremist activity.

Giving away or selling worldly possessions, to include cars and electronics, in conjunction with an expressed desire to die fighting overseas

Concealing travel history, possibly to avoid detection of activities related to violent extremism.

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