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Six Bosniaks in Missouri charged with supporting ISIS & al-Nusra Front


Abdullah Ramo Pazara

Six members of the American Bosniak community have been charged with raising money and tactical military gear for members of ISIS and al-Nusra Front. Five of them have been arrested. However, one has left the country.

The six are from Missouri, Illinois, and New York. A Bosniak is an ethnic groups from Bosnia-Herzegovina. They were a Southern Slavic people that converted to Islam after being conquered by the Turks.

There is a significant population of Bosniaks in the USA, with the largest group in St. Louis. Most are westernized and drink alcohol. Bosniaks are not thought of as a hotbed of Islamic extremism.

At the center of the of the case is Abdullah Ramo Pazara. He was born in Bosnia, became a US citizen and lived in St. Louis, and is currently fighting in Syria.

The six allegedly raised money and tactical gear to send to Turkey, which was then used to support al-Nusra Front and ISIS. It is believed that Abdullah Ramo Pazara was providing them with instructions.

Two of the six have been charged with even greater crimes for planning to go to Syria themselves. They are being charged with conspiracy to kill or maim in a foreign country.

This teenage Bosniak girl ran away from her home in Austria to join ISIS.

This teenage Bosniak girl ran away from her home in Austria to join ISIS.