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Feds foil 6 Bosnians funding ISIS from U.S.

February 9, 2015

Ramiz Zijad Hodzic collected $8,000 in Missouri. Then he used the U.S. postal service, Western Union, and PayPal to send $10,000 worth of cash and military gear to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria through intermediaries in Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Ramiz had at least five co-conspirators that we’re aware of. Their cause is not Bosnian political reform. They are not trying to send a signal to Serbia or Russia. They are answering the siren call of the caliphate. Their cause is jihad.

From USA Today:

U.S. accuses 6 immigrants of helping Islamic State

An indictment has been unsealed charging Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, his wife, Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, and Armin Harcevic, 37, all of St. Louis County. Nihad Rosic, 26, of Utica, N.Y., Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34, of Schiller Park, Ill., and Jasminka Ramic, 42, of Rockford, Ill., were also named in the indictment.

The United States attorney’s office says all six suspects are natives of Bosnia who immigrated to the United States and are either naturalized citizens or have refugee or legal resident status.

Federal investigators were working for two years between 2013 and 2014 to track the suspects. They say Ramiz and Sedina Hodzic were the point people for funneling money, guns and military equipment to Islamic State fighters in the Middle East. The husband and wife made their initial appearance in federal court Friday evening.

On Saturday, Salkicevic appeared in federal court in Chicago, speaking only to confirm she understood the charges against her.

Investigators say Ramiz set up an account in St. Louis to collect close to $8,000. He used his own money and got cash from the other suspects and third parties. Then, the feds say, Ramiz bought more than $2,400 in military equipment from St. Louis businesses. He bought military uniforms, combat boots, tactical gear and firearms accessories then shipped them through the U.S. Postal Service to Turkey.

Ramiz wired more than $7,700 cash between 2013 and 2014 through Western Union to Islamic State fighters, funneling it through Turkey, Bosnia and Saudi Arabia.

Ramiz Zijad Hodzic and Nihad Rosic are charged with conspiring to kill and maim persons in a foreign country…

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