Virginia: Muslim admits to wanting to join a ‘Muslim army’ and commit jihad

Virginia Gazette, February 8, 2018.

A Williamsburg man who told authorities he wanted to commit jihad and expressed sympathy for ISIS and multiple terrorist attacks pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to passport fraud and making false statements in applications to join the U.S. military.

Shivam Patel, 28, faces up to 15 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced June 4, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence Leonard accepted the plea in U.S. District Court.

Patel told an undercover FBI agent and a confidential source that he wanted to join a “Muslim army” and commit jihad, court documents state.

Patel was teaching English in China in the summer of 2016 when he flew to Jordan, was arrested, detained, and then returned to Williamsburg, according to court documents. He told his parents he left China because of the country’s treatment of Muslims.

When Patel returned to the U.S., he applied to join the Army and Air Force, but he did not disclose his previous trips to China or Jordan when asked about prior foreign travel on those applications, court documents state….