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Syrian refugee pleads guilty to supporting ISIS with plot to bomb church

A Syrian refugee has pleaded guilty to providing material support to the Islamic State (ISIS), a terrorist organization, in connection with its plot to bomb a Christian church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On Thursday, Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, 23, who arrived in the United States in August 2016 as a Syrian refugee, pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to ISIS when it attempted to bomb the Legacy International Worship Center in Pittsburgh. somewhere in 2019.

“The defendant, motivated by ISIS’s call for violence and hatred, planned a terrorist attack targeting a church in Pittsburgh,” Acting Deputy Attorney General Mark Lesko said in a statement.

According to federal prosecutors, Alowemer was motivated to bomb the Christian church to gain support from other ISIS members in the United States. Alowemer had hoped that his terrorist attack would incite other ISIS operatives to commit similar acts of terrorism against American citizens.

In 2019, Breitbart News exclusively reported that at the time of Alowemer’s arrest, he was seeking a green card from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to stay in the States permanently. -United and possibly be eligible for American naturalization. citizenship.

Alowemer first entered the United States through the New York Port of Entry on August 1, 2016 as a Syrian refugee, obtaining RE3 status, indicating that he was the child of a refugee. Some time later, Alowemer wanted to adjust his immigration status to become a lawful permanent resident.

Alowemer’s green card application was pending with the USICS at the time of his arrest.

Alowemer’s sentencing is slated for January 2022 and he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a fine of $ 250,000 and a life sentence.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on twitter here.