Man charged with supporting Islamic State pleads guilty

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.

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