Pakistani Doctor Arrested in MN, Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS

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The US Attorney for the District of Minnesota today announced charges against a former Rochester MN doctor for allegedly providing material support to ISIS.

Muhammad Masood, 28, was taken into custody on Thursday atthe Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, according to the Dept. of Justice press release.

According to the allegations in the complaint, Masood, who is a licensed medical doctor in Pakistan, was formerly employed as a research coordinator for a medical clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, under an H-1B Visa.

Between January 2020 and March 2020, Masood made several statements to others, including pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and its leader, and expressing his desire to travel to Syria to fight for ISIS.

Masood also expressed his desire to conduct “lone wolf” terrorist attacks in the United States.

On Feb. 21, 2020, Masood purchased a plane ticket from Chicago, Illinois to Amman, Jordan, and from there planned to travel to Syria. On March 16, 2020, Masood’s travel plans changed because Jordan closed its borders to incoming travel due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Masood made a new plan to fly from Minneapolis to Los Angeles to meet up with an individual who he believed would assist him with travel via cargo ship to deliver him to ISIS territory.

On March 19, 2020, Masood traveled from Rochester to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to board a flight bound for Los Angeles, California. Upon arrival at MSP, Masood checked in for his flight and was subsequently arrested by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Masood has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and he made an initial appearance in federal court in Minneapolis on Thursday. Masood was ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

The clinic where Masood worked was not identified in the release, but a LinkedIn page for a man with the same name indicates that he has the same work history as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Mayo Clinic.

Several men who have resided in Minnesota have been linked to Middle East terrorist groups and several have been convicted on terrorism-related charges. Two weeks ago another former Rochester resident was charged in federal court with espionage for allegedly providing classified data to a foreign national with ties to Hezbollah.

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25 Thoughts to “Pakistani Doctor Arrested in MN, Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS”

  1. barry sucktero

    hell the people of Minnesota will probably elect the POS….GOVENOR!!!!!!

  2. Viquibaby

    There was a little rat living in my kitchen and I finally trapped him. If I put him outside he would definitely find his way back in.
    The most humane way to put him out of his misery was to drown him then put him in the bottom of a flower pot, add soil, a flower seed and water.
    Dr. Masood deserves less than my little rat who just wanted to live and had no intention to harm anyone, unlike this evil man.

    1. Jae

      WHO’S THE BLOOMING IDIOT HERE?….USA?..OR,these foreign doctors practicing medicine in the USA? Why doesn’t do you aside build hospitals in Laboratories over in these foreign countries and my piece of foreign doctors practice medicine and voodoo on their own people instead of the American people.

  3. Charles Lowery

    Kill all terrorist against the USA and let GOD sort them out.

  4. Sonja Protich Formyduval

    Replicate the prison he would be in in turkey or Syria and put him there. Give him a choice of Guantanimp or going back home in custody on his own dime. Bring him before a military court at Gitmo and make an example of him for all the world to know. An eye for an eye. Apply that Sharia law in addition to the USMolitary code. Show the world the real differences. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  5. Anthony Maroney

    And Nancy and your soul and the rest of your crew Congress joker’s are really hurting are great country the USA by saying open the borders to let those spy’s in, maybe you an all your yes Congress joker’s should also leave.

    1. Birdena Gage

      I Totally Agree, send them Un-Americans packing with their Buddies!! Where is Our Laws for TREASON!!!

      1. Dorothy Diane Johnson

        I think The “Law for Treason” got lost somewhere in American; Because it hasn’t been used In a long time. Treason has been committed in America, for the last 50-60 years.

    2. Linda Fulgium

      I agree! We need to start shooting these terrorist and their wannabe helpers.

    3. Edward Belfiore

      This Country will never learn? President Trump is our last shot. We must support him and listen to him he loves America Pelosi Shumer and most of the Democrats will destroy this Country 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸Team Trump 2020

  6. LB

    The Liberal Left are like sheep led to the slaughter and they easily believe the lies that they were fed in Academia. Some day they will see truth, hopefully it won’t be to late for them.

    It’s awesome how many like Muhammad Masood are being expose. Its long over due and thank God the swamp is getting cleaned out.

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  7. Paula cox

    Be careful we are not sure yet if this pandemic has been related to terrorism! Some of it likely is evev maybe all of it is man perpetrated! We have to wait and see!

  8. Debbie Henderson

    Take him out in the middle of the ocean and let him swim!!!

  9. Bra Riggen

    Take his passport and send him back to Pakistan.

  10. William Delzell

    If we’re serious about eliminating ISIS’s current power, we have to eliminate the conditions that have provided its appeal to suffering people in the Mid East and elsewhere. When the U.S. destroys these people’s infrastructure such as their family food sources, their hospitals, and other institutions essential to stable government, we provide a breeding ground for ISIS extremists. Or, maybe the U.S. and Israel want millions of innocent people to suffer even though this suffering is an incubator for ISIS!

    The U.S. and Israel have their own equivalents of ISIS such as the Ku Klux Klan, various Birther and other white supremacist groups. Many of these violent extreme right groups have infiltrated our law enforcement agencies, especially I.C.E., many of whose members enjoy abusing families, especially little children, in their detention facilities. Many so-called anti-drug groups like not in reality try to eliminate drugs; they merely try to control the illegal drug flow for their own greedy and selfish purposes, by wrapping themselves in the American flag!

    Whenever we hear some politician give lip service to “law ‘n’ order”, “victims’ rights”, national security, the war on drugs, etc., don’t believe their platitudes! They only care about themselves and will stop at nothing to get this power to trample on even the people they claim to protect!

    1. David Butterfield

      The countries you speak of have leaders who bring suffering to their own people, and yet those same people shout ‘death to America. If you think making nice to these people is going to cause them to change their idiology your sorrowfully mistaken. If you’re not Muslim and believe in Sharia they would just as soon cut your head off as to look at you. If you have a problem with our Country maybe you would be happier living in the Middle East.

      1. Norton kale

        That was great David.There are a bunch of sick people in this world.

    2. Rhonda Albrecht

      It has nothing to do with the United States destroying their infrastructure. If they weren’t intent, based on their ideology of Islam and conquering others, there would be no reason for the United States or ANYONE destroying their infrastructure. So, let’s get back to the REAL root of the problem. It’s Islam and always has been, since the 7th century.

    3. Cyn

      You sound like someone that would be happier in another country. Why don’t you try that!

    4. Zee

      You should go tho bbn the middle east and actually see what we have built for them there I was there when we tore it all down all t ht e way through the entire rebuilding the facilities there are far better than anything they EVER HAD. Stop trying to blame America for there problems they were given anything and everything they wanted to rebuild everything including labor because there to lazy to build anything themselves.

    5. Linda Fulgium

      The Taliban, ISIS, ALSHABAB, THE Imams, shield, Princes, King, etc have destroyed their people’s ability to provide for themselves. Don’t try to place the blame at the feet of the USA.
      Go back thru their history and see how poorly the people of these Countries were treated by their own “governments”

    6. Linda Fulgium

      You sound like you are being influenced by the Communist in your country.