Top-Ranking Terrorist Caught. Turns Out He's a US Citizen.
Authorities have captured a former Brooklyn resident who recently fled to the Middle East and became one of ISIS' most successful snipers.
The New York Post's Bob Fredericks reports:
According to a criminal complaint released Friday Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, 41, was a naturalized US citizen born in Kazakhstan who had been living in Brooklyn until 2013.
“In December 2013, the defendant traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, which is a common transit point to obtain entry into Syria. He subsequently entered Syria, joined ISIS, and became a sniper for the terrorist organization,” according to the complaint.
“Over time, the defendant rose through the ranks to become an ISIS ‘emir’ in charge of training other ISIS members in the use of weapons. He also attempted to recruit another individual to travel from the United States to Syria to fight for ISIS,” it said.
“As alleged in the court filings, Asainov traveled overseas, joined ISIS, and became a fighter and a sniper for the terrorist organization. He was ultimately detained overseas, turned over to the FBI, and will now face justice in an American courtroom.”
Asainov reportedly wished to die on the battlefield. He will now likely die in American custody.