(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities have charged an upstate New York man with trying to persuade two others in the United States to join the Islamic State, or ISIS, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.
Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, also plotted to kill U.S. soldiers who had returned from Iraq, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Last year, two FBI informants began building relationships with Elfgeeh, who -- not realizing they were working with the FBI -- encouraged them to go overseas and join terrorists in Syria, prosecutors allege in court documents. For months, Elfgeeh had been posting Tweets and other messages online praising ISIS and, among other things, urging others to donate a third of their salaries to terrorists in Syria, according to charging documents.
ISIS "will one day rule the world with the will of Allah," Elfgeeh allegedly said in one message.
Since then, Elfgeeh helped the FBI informants take steps to get to Syria, including by partially paying for them to obtain passports, and he tried to set up contacts for them in Syria, according to federal prosecutors
Elfgeeh, a naturalized U.S. citizen who owned a food store in Rochester, was arrested in May, and the FBI has continued its investigation since then, officials said.
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