– TAIROD NATHAN WEBSTER PUGH INDICTED
A former U.S. Air Force mechanic has been charged,on 03/17/2015, with attempting to go to Syria to join I.S.I.S, authorities said. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, whose last known address in the United States was in Neptune, New Jersey. was indicted Monday 03/23/2015 by a grand jury in Brooklyn on two charges, including attempting to provide material support to a terror organization.
The indictment said that Pugh was fired from a job in Kuwait as an airplane mechanic in 12/2014. It said that he flew from Egypt to Turkey on J01/10/2015, in an effort to cross the border into Syria to join ISIS and wage violent jihad.
Turkish authorities denied him entry into the country, however, and sent him on a return flight to Egypt. He was deported from Egypt to the USA on 01/15/2015 15, after he was found carrying suspicious items, including a photograph of a machine gun. He was arrested the next day but the case has been sealed since that date.
Searches of his laptop revealed online queries about borders and crossing points controlled by the Islamic State, and videos showing ISIS executions. Posting on social media show Pugh repeatedly professed a desire never to return to the USA, even though he has family — including children — in the country.
Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh served in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990 as an avionics instrument specialist,. While in the Air Force, he reportedly received training in the installation and maintenance of aircraft engine, navigation, and weapons systems.
After leaving the Air Force, officials say, Tairod Pugh worked for a number of companies in the U.S. and Middle East as an avionics specialist and airplane mechanic.
Tairod Pugh converted to Islam after moving to San Antonio, Texas, in 1998 and “became increasingly radical in his beliefs,” the feds said.
In 2001, while he was working as a mechanic for American Airlines, a coworker notified the FBI that Pugh had been expressing anti-American sentiment and that he sympathized with Osama bin Laden, authorities said.
23 Americans have been charged for trying to fight for ISIS or for facilitating an attempt to do so, according to Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School.
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