Arkansas Man Charged with Helping Al Queda

A Yemeni national living in Arkansas has been charged with providing support to a terrorist organization.


The U.S. Department of Justice said Bilal al-Rayanni was charged Thursday with supporting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula between October and December of 2014 while he was in Yemen.

The 28-year-old was initially charged on July 11 with making a false statement on a passport application in May. According to the original complaint, he allegedly used the name Bilal Kassim Alawdi, which he had been using on passport documentation since he was a small child.

The investigation is what led to more information about his ties overseas. “We believe we have evidence of providing material support to a terrorist organization which led to the indictment yesterday,” said Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas

That superseding indictment shows al-Rayanni knowingly provided material support and resources to al-Qaida, more specifically, in his birth country of Yemen.

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