FBI: Woodbridge Man Charged with Providing Material to Support Terrorist Organization
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Update: Nov. 29, 4 p.m.:
According to the FBI, the case against Ahmad will go to a plea agreement hearing in Alexandria on Dec. 2.
The FBI said Friday that a Pakistan native living in Woodbridge has been arrested on charges of, "providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and making false statements in a terrorism investigation."
If convicted, Jubair Ahmad, 24, could serve up to a maximum of 15 years in prison on the material support charge and eight years in prison on the charge of making false statements in a terrorism investigation.
"Jubair received religious training from LeT as a teenager in Pakistan and later attended LeT’s basic training camp," said a release from the FBI. "Jubair entered the United States in 2007 along with other family members, and in 2009 the FBI launched an investigation after receiving information that Jubair may be associated with LeT."
The affidavit alleges that in September 2010, Jubair produced and uploaded a propaganda video to YouTube on behalf of LeT, after communications with a person named “Talha.” In a subsequent conversation with another person, Jubair identified Talha as Talha Saeed, the son of LeT leader Hafiz Mohammed Saeed. Talha and Jubair allegedly communicated about the images, music and audio that Jubair was to use to make the video. The final video contained images of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed, so-called jihadi martyrs and armored trucks exploding after having been hit by improvised explosive devices. In October 2010, Talha allegedly contacted Jubair and requested that he revise the LeT propaganda video, giving Jubair specific instructions. Jubair allegedly revised the video and posted it on Oct. 16, 2010. In August 2011, FBI agents interviewed Jubair, where he falsely denied any involvement with the October 2010 video.