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Six people charged in U.S. for allegedly supporting Islamic State

By Danielle Haynes

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Six people of Bosnian descent were charged for allegedly providing support to the Islamic State, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

The six suspects, five of whom have been arrested, are accused of shipping firearms, camouflage clothing, military boots, rifle scopes, gloves and other military gear to radicals in Syria suspected of being linked to IS, which is also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL. The items were allegedly shipped by the U.S. Postal Service to Istanbul, then smuggled to Syria.

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Those named in the indictment are Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, and his wife, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, and Armin Harcevic, 37, of St. Louis County, Mo.; Nihad Rosic, 26, of Utica, N.Y.; Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34, of Schiller Park, Ill.; and Jasminka Ramic, 42, of Rockford, Ill.

They were all charged with conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists. Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Nihad Rosic each face an additional charge of conspiring to kill or maim persons in a foreign country.

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"Today's charges and arrests underscore our resolve to identify, thwart, and hold accountable individuals within the United States who seek to provide material support to terrorists and terrorist organizations operating in Syria and Iraq," said Assistant Attorney General Carlin in a statement. "Preventing the provision of supplies, money, and personnel to foreign terrorist organizations like ISIL remains a top priority of the National Security Division and our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities. I want to thank the many agents, analysts and prosecutors responsible for this case."

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The six suspects are native Bosnians who immigrated to the United States. Three are naturalized citizens and the other three are refugees or legal residents.

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