Fourth man charged in connection with plot to help ISIS

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Story highlights

  • The revised indictment is released Monday
  • Dilkhayot Kasimov is charged with two counts of providing support to a foreign terrorist organization
  • Three other men have also been charged in the plot and pleaded not guilty

(CNN)A fourth man has been indicted in connection with a plot to provide material support to terrorists and for some of the men to join ISIS, according to an indictment from Brooklyn Federal Court released Monday.

Dilkhayot Kasimov was added to a superseding indictment in which three previously arrested men -- Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, Akhror Saidakhmetov, and Abror Habibov -- were charged with two counts of providing support to a foreign terrorist organization. Those three have pleaded not guilty. It is unclear if Kasimov has been arrested.
The indictment and a criminal complaint filed last month say Juraboev and Saidakhmetov planned to join ISIS and had purchased airline tickets to Turkey.
    Saidakhmetov has also been charged with travel document fraud after telling authorities he intended to travel for entertainment purposes, according to the indictment.
    He and Habibov were charged with conspiracy to use a firearm to commit a crime.
    Habibov is a 30-year-old Uzbekistani citizen, who police say "helped organize and finance" the operation. He was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida.
    Abror Habibov
    Court documents say Habibov operates mall kiosks that sell kitchenware and repair mobile phones. He has locations in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
    Habibov was in the United States legally, but overstayed his visa, according to police.
    Saidakhmetov, 19, lives in Brooklyn with Juraboev, his roommate. They are permanent residents of the United States.
    Court documents say Saidakhmetov, a citizen of Kazakhstan, worked at Habibov's mall kiosks in three different states in the fall and winter of 2014.
    Saidakhmetov was arrested last month at John F. Kennedy International Airport while attempting to catch a flight to Turkey, authorities said.
    The Brooklyn travel agent who booked his ticket said Saidakhmetov came into the agency, wanting to buy a round-trip ticket to Istanbul.
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    Saidakhmetov said he couldn't afford a direct flight, which would have cost $900, so the travel agent booked him a trip connecting in Kiev, Ukraine, for $571.
    Saidakhmetov purchased the tickets using a New York state ID, the travel agent said.
    Court documents say Saidakhmetov once posted some comments on video of ISIS executing Iraqi forces.
    "Allahu akbar (God is great). I was very happy after reading this, my eyes joyful so much victory."
    The criminal complaint says he told a confidential informant that he wanted to travel to Syria to wage jihad, "but that his mother had feared that he would do so and took his passport so that he could not travel."
    Saidakhmetov called his mother in February and asked for his passport, according to the criminal complaint.
    "When asked where he wanted to go, Saidakhmetov responded that, if a person has a chance to join Islamic State and does not go there, on judgment day he will be asked why, and that it is a sin to live in the land of infidels," the complaint says.
    "After Saidakhmetov continued to ask for his passport, his mother hung up the phone."
    Saidakhmetov told the informant he would try to get his passport back by telling his mom he was traveling to Uzbekistan to visit relatives.
    When the informant suggested it might be better to take a direct flight to Turkey, Saidakhmetov responded, "America is catching, they are very strict now. ... it is better to fool them by flying here and flying there."
    There were other recorded conversations.
    In one from November, Saidakhmetov told Juraboev that he wanted to join the U.S. military so he could share information with ISIS.
    At the very least, he said, "he could always open fire on American soldiers and kill as many of them as possible," according to the complaint.
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    In another recorded conversation in January, Saidakhmetov told the informant that if he couldn't get travel documents to go to Syria, "I will just go and buy a machine gun, AK-47, go out and shoot all police."
    Later, according to the complaint, he said, "It is legal in America to carry a gun. We will go and purchase one handgun ... then go and shoot one police officer. Boom. ... Then, we will take his gun, bullets and bulletproof vest ... then, we will do the same with a couple of others. Then we will go to the FBI headquarters, kill the FBI people."
    Before his arrest at his Brooklyn home, Juraboev was scheduled to hop a flight to Turkey, the criminal complaint said.
    He worked at the Gyro King restaurant in Brooklyn and had asked for the weekend off so he could travel.
    Zak Kahn, owner of Gyro King, said Juraboev was quiet and not given to discussing politics.
    "I never heard him -- not even a single sentence -- (talk) about politics, about jihad, about army, about military or force. ... What happened to him? He seemed to be a very peaceful person."
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    In August, court documents say, Juraboev was active on an Uzbek-language website that promoted ISIS.
    "Greetings! We too wanted to pledge our allegiance and commit ourselves while not present there," Juraboev, a citizen of Uzbekistan, is said to have posted.
    "I am in USA now but we don't have any arms. But is it possible to commit ourselves as dedicated martyrs anyway while here? What I'm saying is, to shoot Obama and then get shot ourselves, will it do? That will strike fear in the hearts of infidels."
    The post earned Juraboev a visit from federal agents several days later.
    Juraboev admitted that he'd posted the message and that he believed in the ISIS agenda.
    He also said "that he would harm Obama if he had the opportunity to do so, but currently does not have the means or an imminent plan to do so," the complaint says.