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PHILADELPHIA – An Algerian man made his initial appearance today following extradition from Spain for his involvement in conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Louis D. Lappen of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente.
ALI CHARAF DAMACHE, 52, a/k/a “Theblackflag,” was indicted in 2011 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and one count of attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism. Damache was arrested on unrelated charges by authorities in Ireland in March 2010.
As part of the conspiracy, Damache, his co-defendant Mohammad Hassan Khalid, Colleen R. LaRose, Jamie Paulin Ramirez, and others conspired to provide material support and resources, including logistical support, recruitment services, financial support, identification documents and personnel, to a conspiracy to kill overseas. Damache, Khalid and others devised and coordinated a violent jihad organization consisting of men and women from Europe and the United States divided into a planning team, a research team, an action team, a recruitment team and a finance team; some of whom would travel to South Asia for explosives training and return to Europe to wage violent jihad.
Furthermore, Damache, Khalid, LaRose, and others recruited men online to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe. In addition, Damache, Khalid, LaRose, and others allegedly recruited women who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.
This case was investigated by the FBI Field Division in New York, in conjunction with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Philadelphia, and the FBI Field Divisions in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Authorities in Ireland and Spain also provided assistance in this matter.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Trial Attorneys Matthew F. Blue and C. Alexandria Bogle, from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department's National Security Division. The Office of International Affairs in the Justice Department's Criminal Division also provided assistance.