AKRON, Ohio – An Ohio man accused of trying to recruit people to join the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge.
Authorities say Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi (ah-MEER’ sy-EED’ RAHK’-mahn GAH’-zee), formerly Robert McCollum, pledged his support online to the Islamic State group.
The 39-year-old Al-Ghazi, of Sheffield Lake, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms.
A message was left with Al-Ghazi’s attorney.
A criminal complaint says the recruits he targeted in 2014 and last year were FBI sources.
The government says Al-Ghazi also tried to buy an assault rifle in his desire to attack the United States.