Three weeks ago, prosecutors in St. Louis announced they indicted six Bosnian nationals for conspiring to help ISIS with material support. One of those men was named Nihad Rosic, who was arrested while driving through Indiana, according to 13 Investigates.
For years, the FBI has been tracking Rosic, a truck driver who lived in Utica, New York, before arresting him on February 6 as he made a routine delivery in Plainfield only an hour before President Obama was due to land nearby. The timing was coincidental, as authorities don’t believe Rosic intended on carrying attacks out in the U.S., but there’s no question he played a major role in supporting ISIS in their jihad in Iraq and Syria.
Prosecutors said that Rosic had planned on joining ISIS in Syria, and they were able to obtain Western Union records showing the transfer of thousands of dollars from the group he was associated with to the ISIS terrorists overseas, but that’s not all he sent. Rosic also sent a wide range of military equipment to the group – American military equipment – which included uniforms, combat boots, tactical gear, and firearms accessories like range finders and rifle scopes.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Rosic’s alleged support group in the Midwest raise a lot of money for ISIS, and shipped them weapons, uniforms, and other aid for the militants to use in their religious genocide. Rosic’s group also had a plan that if the terrorist supporter were to actually make it to Syria to fight alongside his fellow jihadists, he would be given a night vision scope with a built-in camera so that he could record himself killing people.
Rosic was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, which carries up to a 15-year prison term for each count, along with a fine of up to $250,000. He was also charged with conspiring to kill and maim persons in another country, which has a penalty of up to life in prison.
The indictment says Rosic and other defendants provided ISIS fighters with US military uniforms, combat boots, tactical gear, and firearms accessories such as range finders and rifle scopes. They also wired thousands of dollars in cash, all in an elaborate conspiracy to commit “murder and maiming” in Syria and Iraq.
Investigators obtained records from Western Union and Paypal, and prosecutors say they show the transfer of money from the suspects in the Midwest to known terrorists in the Middle East. Federal agents also monitored phone calls, emails and Facebook to infiltrate their communication.
According to the indictment, members of the conspiracy used coded language, referring to each other as “lions.” They called Syria “the beach.” And weapons were known as “actions.”
Prosecutors say Rosic planned to fly to Syria to join ISIS on the battlefield.
Rosic, who has a registered address in Utica, New York, was taken to the Marion County Jail on February 6th and then released to U.S. Marshals on February 11. The U.S. Attorney’s office in St. Louis is handling this case, and they tell us they believe Rosic was just passing though Indiana. But he has allegedly been a big support to ISIS terrorists.
Five others were arrested throughout the Midwest, all six are Bosnian Muslim nationals and were taken into custody by the FBI and charged with terrorist-related crimes.
In addition to Rosic, the suspects are Armin Harcevic, Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, and all of Saint Louis; Mediha Medy Salkicevic of Schiller Park, Illinois; and Jasminka Ramic of Rockford, Illinois.
Rosic and Ramiz Zijad Hodzic also face a more serious charge of conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country.
The federal indictment names two of the six as point people for funneling money, guns and military equipment to ISIS fighters in the Middle East.
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The documents says that around July 20, 2014, Rosic attempted to board a Norwegian Airlines flight at J.F.K. International Airport intending to travel to Syria to join Abdullah Ramo Pazara and others who were fighting in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.
The indictment says Rosic is also known as Yahya AbuAyesha Mudzahid. The group, according to the indictment, had a plan that if Rosic made it to Syria, they would “get a night vision optic with a built-in camera for $540 and that when Rosic killed a person, he could record it.”
An FBI source told Eyewitness News that Rosic was arrested in Plainfield and was driving a truck. Another source told 13 Investigates that Rosic had ties to a group that was trying to get weapons to Syria.
Eyewitness News learned from our St. Louis affiliate that if these cases goes to trial, it would happen in Saint Louis.
Part of the evidence used against the six suspects comes from phone calls and Facebook posts over a two-year period. The messages were sent in code, the indictment says, using words like “Brothers, Lions, Bosnian Brothers, Mujahids, Kufars, Infidels, and Shaheed” to refer to one another and the group, and referred to Syria and Iraq as the “beach.” Weapons were called “actions, dawa, dalwa, and IDIS”.
Investigators said the suspects shipped combat boots and tactical gear, among other items, to Turkey using the U.S. Postal Service.
According to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, this isn’t the first time the fundamental Islamist has been in trouble with the law. In 2012, he was arrested for beating his girlfriend with a belt, and less than a year prior in 2011, he was arrested for punching a woman in the face who was holding a baby.
What’s rather odd about this case is that we’re constantly told that Bosnian Muslims love America and Western nations, and they’d never do anything to harm us. But it appears as if the “moderate” Muslims from the country are every bit as capable of committing terrorist acts as the not-so-moderate Muslims that have taken over Iraq and Syria, since, you know, they were sending them material items to commit genocide with an all.
Fortunately, the FBI was able to take Rosic and his co-conspirators off the streets before they were able to do any harm here in America. However, my question is what took them so long?
Naive Americans… you shall pay the same price Serbs had to pay.