Portland Resident Indicted for Providing Support for ISIS

Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 31, is a Muslim Portland resident indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on 5 counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization (ISIS). Because he is confined to a wheelchair, he was not placed in jail, but given “restrictions” on travel and use of electronics.

A Portland resident indicted

The Department of Justice reported:

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The charges:  “two counts of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B(a)(1). In addition, the indictment charges Mothafar with one count of false statements in an immigration application in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546(a) and one count of false statement to a government agency in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2).”…

“…According to the allegations contained within the indictment, between February 2015, and up to the time of arrest, Mothafar conspired with ISIS members to provide material support to ISIS.  This support included a range of activities.  Mothafar produced and distributed ISIS propaganda and recruiting materials that he created and edited in coordination with official ISIS media operatives located overseas.  Mothafar produced, edited, and distributed a number of publications and articles including “Effective Stabbing Techniques,” which provided detailed guidance on how to best kill and maim a target in a knife attack, a tutorial on using explosive ignition devices entitled “How Does a Detonator Work,” and propaganda that encouraged readers to carry out attacks in their home countries if they could not travel overseas to fight.  Mothafar also maintained contact with ISIS officials overseas and provided technical support to these individuals that included opening social media and email accounts for official use.  During the time of this alleged activity, Mothafar also made false statements on immigration documents and to government officials denying any ties to terrorist organizations.

Mothafar is set for court on January 5, 2021.

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Photo of the 31st edition of Al-Anfal newspaper from the SITE intelligence group

The Daily Mail reported,

Mothafar is accused of being a conduit of information from ISIS to Al Dura’a al Sunni, or Sunni Shield, a pro-Islamic State internet-based media organization that published a newspaper called Al-Anfal.

He edited and published 32 issues of Al-Anfal, which ran stories with titles such as ‘Effective Stabbing Techniques’ and ‘How Does a Detonator Work,’ the government alleged.

One story from a June 2018 issue encouraged readers to carry out attacks in their home countries if they were unable to join ISIS in active fighting, according to the indictment.

Another issue carried a graphic depicting the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower on fire, captioned ‘Soon in the Heart of Your Lands,’ the document states.

Mothafar is also accused of moderating Sunni Shield’s private social-media chat rooms and creating a ‘bot’ that would help answer questions, spread information, and make user identities anonymous.

Here are some of the documents from the indictment from @File411 on Twitter:




The charges of false statements on an immigration form carry a maximum sentence of 25 years if they are able to prove his actions caused a terror attack. Each of the 3 counts of providing support to ISIS carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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