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Feds: Arizona Man Helped Student Get Islamic State Training

An Arizona man was indicted Thursday for helping a New York City college student obtain ISIS training in Syria.

Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal, also known as Jammie Gammal, 42, of Avondale, Arizona, was arrested on Monday.

Court records charge that El Gammel began communicating through social media with the unnamed 24-year-old college student in August 2014. The pair eventually met in Manhattan in October 2014 to make plans for the student’s travel to the Middle East.

The student traveled to Turkey in January 2015, and received training from ISIS in Syria between February and May 2015.

“This is another example of how social media is utilized for nefarious and criminal purposes around the world,” said Diego G. Rodriguez, assistant director of the FBI’s New York Field Office. 

El Gammal appeared in federal court in Arizona this week. The case has since been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York.

Information on an attorney for Gammal was not immediately available.

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