Oregon man accused of producing ISIS propaganda arrested

A federal indictment has accused an Oregon man of advocating violent jihad in an online Arabic newspaper in support of the terrorist organization ISIS

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal indictment has accused an Oregon man of advocating violent jihad in an online Arabic newspaper in support of the terrorist organization ISIS.

Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 31, was arrested Thursday morning, federal authorities said.

Mothafar is accused of editing, producing and distributing ISIS recruiting material and propaganda on the online outlet Al Dura’a al Sunni, also known as Sunni Shield, from 2015 through Nov. 5.

Prosecutors said Mothafar produced stories such as one titled “Effective Stabbing Techniques," in which the outlet described how to “best kill and maim in a knife attack."

The indictment said that Mothafar pledged allegiance to ISIS in February 2019 but had been a supporter since 2014. He edited and produced 32 issues of the Al-Anfal newspaper between November 2017 and March 2019, the government says.

An Arabic interpreter translated Thursday’s court hearing through a phone hookup with Mothafar, who appeared over video from a U.S. Marshals Service lockup. Mothafar is disabled and uses a wheelchair.

Mothafar's federal public defender, Mark P. Ahlemeyer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Associated Press.

A 20-day trial has been scheduled to begin on Jan. 20 before U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez.