Kentucky Man Convicted of Supporting ISIS, Faces Long Prison Term

Bowling Green

A federal jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky, has found Mirsad Hariz Adem Ramic guilty of multiple charges related to his support for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The conviction includes providing material support to ISIS, conspiring to provide material support, and receiving military-type training from the extremist group.

Court documents and trial evidence revealed that on June 3, 2014, Ramic and two co-conspirators coordinated their travel from the United States to Istanbul, Turkey.

From there, they diverted their travel plans and purchased tickets to Gaziantep, a city near the Turkey-Syrian border.

Crossing into Syria, they joined ISIS, where Ramic attended a training camp and received military training.

A photograph posted on social media depicted Ramic in camouflage attire, standing before an ISIS-flagged truck outfitted with an anti-aircraft gun.

Throughout their time with ISIS, Ramic and his associates maintained contact, discussing violent actions including the use of anti-aircraft weaponry against planes, as well as concepts of jihad, martyrdom, and support for ISIS causes.

Ramic, a dual U.S.-Bosnian citizen, joined a unit predominantly composed of Bosnian foreign fighters and participated in ISIS offensives in Syria, notably in Kobane.

Ramic was taken into federal custody in December 2021 following deportation from Turkey.

He faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison, a $750,000 fine, and supervised release for life.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept.5, where a federal judge will consider sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.