A South Carolina man inspired by the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando was arrested last week and charged with trying to join ISIS.
Zakariya Abdel Abdin, 18, repeatedly told undercover FBI agents he was ready to die in the name of ISIS, The (Charleston) Post and Courier reports. He told agents he wanted to carry out a Pulse-style attack one month later but didn't have the weapons, so he saved his money. Ultimately, he said, he prayed for a chance to fight for ISIS on the front lines instead.
I want to kill and be killed. I run towards the enemy like a lion to a sheep. Blood and death does not frighten me.
Abdin had been closely tracked by the FBI since January. At that time, he started buying, renting and returning multiple guns, ranging from a Winchester rifle to an AK-47. He planned to carry out an attack at an undisclosed location. In 2015, he had been charged with plotting to attack military bases.
They will pay the price with their blood.
He spoke with an agent he assumed was a member of ISIS. He requested to be placed "on the front lines just to fight (the Americans)." He sold his guns to pay for the journey to Jordan, where he planned to meet his ISIS contact.
He got a boarding pass last week, but was arrested before he could board the plane.
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