US woman accused of financing ISIL

Samantha Elhassani aka Samantha Sally was charged on 22 August 2018 with providing material support to the Islamic State.

She is alleged to have provided material support to the Islamic State between fall 2014 and summer 2015 by acquiring tactical gear for the group and providing funds for two individuals who joined the Islamic State.

In July 2018, Elhassani was transferred from the Syrian Democratic Forces to US law enforcement.

Analysis: Nominees or proxies are often used by terrorist groups to purchase tactical gear, something that is often flagged by financial institutions or retailers. Her provision of funds to individuals in, or intending on joining the group, was likely not significant in terms of sums, but could have enabled them to buy additional gear or weapons.

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