The US District Court judge told Arafat Nagi (NAH'-gee) today he found his humanitarian claims hard to believe in light of graphic social media posts of Islamic State violence and a photo of Nagi posing with an assault rifle.
The 47-year-old Lackawanna (lak-ah-WAH'-nah) man travelled to Turkey in 2012 and 2014 and was planning another trip at the time of his 2015 arrest. He pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organisation.
Prosecutors say Nagi's public posts and purchase of military gear made clear his intention to fight for the Islamic State group.
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