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Virginia teen sentenced for 11 years for Managing Pro-ISIS Twitter Account

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A US court has sentenced a 17-year old Virginia teen for 11 years in prison after his association with the so-calledIslamic State(IS, previouslyISIS/ISIL) was proved.

Reportedly, the accused Ali Shukri Amin, handled a powerful pro-ISIS Twitter account (@Amreekiwitness) which had attracted some 4,000 followers by the time it was officially shut down. Through this Twitter account, he also managed to persuade a friend to travel to Syria and join the militant group.

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According to the prosecutors, Amin’s sentencing demonstrates the government’s aggressive stance towards confronting ISIS’ efforts of grooming people and spreading its propaganda through social media.

Amin confessed to managing the Twitter account, posting pro-ISIS tweets and links to tutorials regarding how to send funds to ISIS in the form of virtual currency called bitcoin.

Screenshot from @Amreekiwitness Twitter handle

United States’ Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin...(continued)

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