Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty in Terrorism Investigation
WASHINGTON – Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 23, of Starkville, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, Mississippi, to conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
The plea was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Felicia C. Adams of the Northern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway of the FBI’s Jackson, Mississippi, Division.
Dakhlalla pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock of the Northern District of Mississippi to conspiring with another individual to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Dakhlalla was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service to await sentencing, which will be scheduled at a later date.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Jackson Division Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Washington Field Office. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Mississippi and the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.