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U.S. citizen accused of becoming ISIS sniper and training fighters in Syria


Posted: Mon-Dec-2019



A man originally from Kazakhstan and living in Brooklyn is accused of traveling to Syria to become an ISIS sniper and train ISIS fighters.

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