A suburban mom pleaded guilty to supporting ISIS after spending almost four years behind bars fighting the accusations. Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 38, had tried to fight the charges on the grounds that she was a lawful combatant involved in a legitimate war.
However, after a judge in St. Louis threw out her “legal combatant” defense, she pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
Salkicevic, the mother of four children, was part of a small cell of Bosnian nationals living in Illinois, Missouri and New York who supported ISIS fighters in Syria by supplying them with tactical gear, cash and field supplies, including U.S. military uniforms, combat boots and rifle scopes.
Referring to themselves as “Lions,” the cell operated a secret network to further their aim of financing terrorist groups and communicated in coded language on social media.
Salkicevic, who lived in Schiller Park, Illinois, was working for an air cargo company at Chicago’s O’Hare airport at the time of her arrest.
Salkicevic also conspired with the others in the group to support Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a St. Louis Bosnian who died fighting as a jihadi in Iraq. Pazara posted messages in Facebook to his supporters in the U.S. about killing prisoners, attending beheadings and buying a 16-year-old Yazidi slave, prosecutors said.
After becoming a U.S. citizen, Pazara traveled overseas and joined al-Qaida in Iraq (the group eventually morphed into ISIS).
Salkicevic advocated the ISIS ideology and believed infidels should be killed and wanted to “bury unbelievers alive.”
In other ISIS news:
- A U.S. drone strike killed two ISIS militants and wounded six in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province Sunday, June 23, 2019. The strike also destroyed weapons and ammunition.
- A West African task force reported their troops killed 42 ISIS fighters in a battle near Lake Chad Friday, June 21, 2019. This marked the heaviest death toll suffered by ISIS in the last six months. The violent Islamist insurgency in the region (which began in Nigeria) in 2009 has claimed more than 30,000 lives and displaced close to two million people.
- ISIS took credit for an attack in Grozny, Russia. Akmed Bazaev, a 21-year old Grozny native, stabbed a Russian police officer who was guarding a station located opposite the residence of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. A colleague of the policeman who was driving by at the time witnessed the attack and came to the aid of the policeman, mortally wounded the attacker.