A Virginia man accused of breaking the terms of his release by meeting with jailed American Taliban member John Walker Lindh was convicted of supporting the Islamic State over ten years ago.
According to court filings, the FBI documented Ali Shukri Amin and Lindh’s three-hour-long meetings on camera. Shukri is prohibited from speaking with known extremists as part of the conditions of his parole. Lindh’s release conditions ran out last year, and he is no longer under watch.
Amin, a Dumfries resident, is also charged with maintaining an internet relationship with a British citizen referred to as a “known extremist” up until the British government’s arrest of that person in February 2022.
According to the authorities, Amin advised the British person on the ideologies of two Islamic speakers whom the FBI deemed to be radicals. Additionally, he is charged with attempting to hide his online behavior by connecting to a private virtual network.
Amin received a sentence of more than 11 years in prison in 2015 for giving material support to ISIS when he was only 17 years old. According to federal prosecutors, he offered guidance to the terror organization via social media.
He also acknowledged assisting Reza Niknejad, an 18-year-old student, in making the trip to Syria to join the Islamic State organization.
When Lindh, often known as the “American Taliban,” went to Afghanistan to fight alongside the militants in the days following 9/11, he was 20 years old. He received a 20-year prison term but was released in 2019.