The State Department added an Italian rapper named Anas el-Abboubi (a.k.a. McKhalif) to a list of global terrorists because he moved to Syria to join the Islamic State group.
According to the State Department, Abboubi may "pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States."
Abboubi was featured in a segment of Italian MTV.
(Courtesy of Metro News Italia)
The State Department wrote that Abboubi is "one of approximately 50 foreign terrorist fighters of Italian origins fighting in Syria."
He started to radicalize in 2012 after becoming relatively well-known on the Italian hip-hop scene. He established an Italian branch of the extremist organization while also building his reputation as a recording artist.
In June of 2013, Abboubi was arrested for planning a terrorist attack in Northern Italy and recruiting militants to fight in Syria. He was released and fled to Syria shortly after.
Here's the MTV segment.
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