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The Department of Justice has uncovered a plot that involved setting up a training center for individuals in the United States wanting to fight for ISIS.

According to the Department of Justice, Herman Levyoune Wilson (45) has been charged with trying to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors allege that Wilson (who lives in New Mexico) sought to set up an “Islamic State Center” within New Mexico.

Police originally became aware of Wilson after two other Americans, Kristopher Matthews and Jaylin Molina, were arrested in 2020 for providing material support to ISIS. The two ultimately pleaded guilty and said that Wilson “radicalized them to ISIS’s ideology and that without Wilson’s influence, they would never have committed the crimes.” Following their conviction, the FBI began watching Wilson.

After an investigation, the FBI ultimately moved on Wilson and found that he sought to establish an “Islamic center.” Police say the center would be used to teach “Islamic State ideology, provide training in tactical maneuvers and martial arts, and serve as a safe location for individuals preparing to travel and fight on behalf of ISIS.”

A federal grand jury has indicted Herman Leyvoune Wilson, aka Bilal Mu’Min Abdullah. Wilson will remain in custody pending an arraignment scheduled for Aug. 30.


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