An immigrant from Turkey who left the U.S. in 2014 to join ISIS has returned to America to face charges.
Prosecutors describe path toward terror
As for the charges against him, prosecutors are accusing him of providing material support and conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization as well as receiving military training from such a group.
Nevertheless, NBC News stressed that Ramic, who holds dual citizenship with the U.S. and Bosnia, was from Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was unclear whether he had returned to the U.S. since 2014.
It was at that time he allegedly left the U.S. for Istanbul, crossing into Syria with two co-conspirators and receiving training after joining ISIS. Those alleged co-conspirators were not named in reports.
Ramic was arrested in Turkey and the U.S. Department of Justice oversaw his return to America to face criminal charges.
Prosecutors say he fired anti-aircraft weapons at airplanes while in Syria and discussed jihad, martyrdom, and fighting for ISIS with his co-conspirators.
Federal probe reveals apparent ties to ISIS
FBI investigators reportedly obtained photos of Ramic in ISIS territory and wearing camouflage while in front of an Islamic State truck.
As NBC noted, the suspect first came to the attention of the Justice Department after one co-conspiratory emailed Western Kentucky University twice to advise that Ramic had joined ISIS. It was not clear whether Ramic had any close connections with the school, which did not immediately provide much clarity on the matter.
If convicted to the charges against him, Ramic could face 50 years behind bars and a lifetime of supervised release as well as fines of up to $750,000.
Given the seriousness of his charges and alleged connection to Islamic extremism, some critics took exception to the decision by NBC to seemingly downplay that aspect in favor of portraying him as a “Kentucky man.”
This shocking story, as well as its coverage by much of the mainstream media, might provide further evidence that America needs to be more careful when it comes to immigration — legal or illegal.