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Six U.S. Residents Charged With Aiding Terrorists in Iraq and Syria  

Iraqi security forces stand at the site where a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle in the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Arbil on Nov. 19, 2014, killing four people.  

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Six Bosnian immigrants living in the United States have been charged with sending money and military equipment to terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Federal prosecutors say the six people operated a network across three states to support terrorists. The Los Angeles Times explains:

According to the indictment, the group collected and donated money to be transferred to intermediaries in Syria and Iraq or used to purchase U.S. military uniforms, combat gear and tactical equipment to be sent abroad. The group used Western Union and PayPal to complete the transfers, which ranged from $250 to about $1,800, the indictment says. Sedina Hodzic also shipped six boxes of military and tactical supplies to Turkey via the U.S. Postal Service, it says.

Members of the group communicated with code names on Facebook, including “Brothers,” “Lions” and “Bosnian Brothers.” Three of the people charged are naturalized U.S. citizens, while the other three were either refugees or had legal resident status, reports the Associated Press.

The six were charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists while three of them also were charged with conspiring to kill people in a foreign country.