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A Uzbekistan-born Illinois man pleaded guilty on Thursday for helping with foreign trips for those joining the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front (ANF).

Dilshod Khusanov, 36, of Chicago, could face a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison. The Justice Department said that in accordance with the settlement of his plea, Khusanov agreed to be deported from the US after completing his sentence.


According to court documents, between 2014 and 2015, Khusanov encouraged individuals to travel to wage violent jihad, or holy war.

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The DOJ said that in late 2014, Khusanov was part of a network of people who helped raise funds for two Brooklyn residents, Abdursul Jurabov and Akhor Saidakhmetov, to travel to Syria and fight for ISIS.

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Khusanov also arranged to deposit money into the bank account of a co-conspirator, Akmal Zakirov, before Saidakhmetov’s scheduled departure.

An ISIS member waving the flag of a radical group.

Saidakhmetov was arrested in February 2015 at John F. Kennedy International Airport while boarding a plane bound for Istanbul, Turkey – a common pitstop for foreign fighters en route to join ISIS in Syria.

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Khusanov is the last of his co-conspirators to be convicted. Others have either been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing.

“Money is the oxygen that feeds the flame of any organized terrorist activity,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement. “This case makes it clear that whether you are a terrorist bomber, a planner, or just a facilitator raising funds to pay for your trip, you will be the target of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. They are the most experienced . spies and agents in the country in these cases.”

Also on Monday, Thomas Osadzinski, a 22-year-old former Chicago college student, was convicted of attempting to provide material aid to ISIS.

Prosecutors said Osadzinski devised a computer code to help ISIS bypass programs designed to block propaganda for the group.