- American Warren Christopher Clark joined the Islamic State group after sending his résumé and cover letter to the terrorist group, asking to be hired as an English teacher.
- He was captured by US-backed forces in Syria earlier this month.
- Now US prosecutors are charging him with helping ISIS.
- “I wanted to go see exactly what the group was about, and what they were doing,” he told NBC News earlier this month.
The American who sent his résumé to the terrorist Islamic State group and then joined to “see exactly what the group was about” was arrested and charged for attempting to provide support to the terrorist organisation.
Federal prosecutors on Friday announced that Warren Christopher Clark, a former resident of Sugar Land, Texas, has been charged with “attempting to provide himself as material support to ISIS.”
Clark gained media attention in February 2018 when researchers at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism published a copy of the cover letter he sent to ISIS offering to be an English teacher.
Clark lived in Saudi Arabia, Mosul, and Turkey before joining ISIS in 2015, according to The New York Times. He was captured earlier this month in Syria by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and transferred over to the US, according to the Department of Justice.
After being captured, Clark told NBC News that he joined ISIS out of curiosity.
“I wanted to go see exactly what the group was about, and what they were doing,” he said. “I wanted to learn more about the ideology. I’m a political science major, global business minor. I like politics. I like travel, world events. That’s what I wanted to do.”
Clark said he only worked as an English teacher and never fought for ISIS. He said he saw little moral difference between the US and ISIS.
“I was in living in Mosul at the time, and I needed a way to support myself,” Clark told NBC News. “I think with the beheadings, that’s execution. I’m from the United States, from Texas. They like to execute people, too. So I really don’t see any difference. They might do it off camera, but it’s the same.”
If convicted, Clark could spend up to 20 years in prison and be fined up to $US250,000.
“The arm of American Justice has a lengthy reach,” US attorney Ryan Patrick said in a Department of Justice press release. “The number one priority of the Southern District of Texas, along with the FBI and our other national security partners, is to keep America safe. The protection of life is the most sacred job law enforcement has.”
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