FBI ‘Daesh informant’ officer convicted at terrorism trial faces decades in prison

Ex-Metro cop Nicholas Young, 38, was convicted of trying to help Daesh. (NYDailyNews)
Updated 23 February 2018
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FBI ‘Daesh informant’ officer convicted at terrorism trial faces decades in prison

ALEXANDRIA: A former transit-agency police officer convicted in a sting operation of attempting to help the militant group Daesh could face decades in prison at his sentencing hearing.
Thirty-eight-year-old Nicholas Young was a patrol officer in the D.C. region’s Metrorail system. He was known as “Officer Friendly” at the Takoma Park station where he was assigned.
A federal jury convicted Young in December on multiple counts, including attempted material support of a terrorist group.
Young purchased more than $200 in gift cards he believed would be used to purchase mobile-phone apps that Daesh could use to communicate securely. In reality, though, Young’s Daesh connection was an FBI informant.
Young argued unsuccessfully at trial that he was entrapped. He faces up to 60 years at his sentencing hearing Friday.


US military says it killed 62 militants in Somalia with air strikes

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US military says it killed 62 militants in Somalia with air strikes

  • The military’s Africa Command (Africom) said four strikes were carried out on Saturday, killing 34 militants
  • A total of 62 militants have been killed by US military through airstrikes on Saturday and Sunday

NAIROBI: The US military said on Monday it had killed 62 militants in six air strikes on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir province.
The military’s Africa Command (Africom) said four strikes were carried out on Saturday, killing 34 militants, and two more on Sunday, which killed 28. “Africa Command and our Somali partners conducted these airstrikes to prevent terrorists from using remote areas as a safe haven to plot, direct, inspire and recruit for future attacks,” Africom said in a statement.