The arrest of a 17-year-old Virginia teenager on charges that he had supported the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) brings the number of American citizens and residents publicly identified as linked with ISIS since January 2014 to 30.
The teenager, who has not been named, allegedly helped another man travel to Syria to join ISIS, at least in part, by using online resources and the help of online contacts.
He is one of eight American teenagers alleged to have attempted to provide support for ISISin the past two years. The others included 19-year-old Mohamed Hamzah Khan and his two unnamed siblings, aged 16 and 17, from Chicago who attempted to join ISIS, three unnamed girls aged 15, 16 and 17, from Denver, who attempted to join ISIS and Shannon Maureen Conley, a 19-year-old Denver woman who, in a separate incident, also attempted to join ISIS.
Nineteen were believed to have attempted to join or aid ISIS – or died while fighting with the group – in 2014.
Earlier this month, ISIS claimed via social media accounts and radio broadcasts that another American, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Daud al Amriki, died as part of a suicide attack. His death and identity are still unconfirmed.
These individuals comprise only a fraction of the total number of Americans believed to have joined or attempted to join or aid ISIS. National Intelligence Director James Clapper said current estimates indicate that about 180 Americans have attempted to join the fight in Syria. It is unclear how many of those Americans attempted to join ISIS, as opposed to other militant groups.