Portland Man Convicted Of ‘Providing Material Support To ISIS’


A Portland resident, Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, was found guilty of  “providing material support to ISIS.”

According to the Department of Justice, Mothafar “produced and distributed ISIS propaganda and recruiting materials that he created and edited in coordination with official ISIS media operatives located overseas,” “produced, edited, and distributed a number of publications and articles including “Effective Stabbing Techniques,” which provided detailed guidance on how to best kill and maim a target in a knife attack, a tutorial on using explosive ignition devices entitled “How Does a Detonator Work,” along with “propaganda that encouraged readers to carry out attacks in their home countries if they could not travel overseas to fight.”

“Mothafar also maintained contact with ISIS officials overseas and provided technical support to these individuals that included opening social media and email accounts for official use,” the report continued.

As a result, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a five count indictment against Mothafar.


Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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