Oregon man pleads guilty to terrorism charges for supporting ISIS

A resident of Troutdale pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal terrorism charge for his role in supporting the Islamic State while residing in Oregon.

Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 33, pleaded guilty to one charge of providing material support to ISIS, which announced a religious state in 2014 in parts of Syria and Iraq and was deemed a terrorist organization by the United States.

Mothafar was indicted in 2020 and faces up to 20 years in prison.

In court, federal prosecutors said that Mothafar oversaw the planning and production of a pro-ISIS newspaper and produced videos and graphics promoting ISIS and advocating violence toward westerners.

“One of the graphics designed by defendant incited readers to attack and kill Westerners,” court documents state. A second graphic designed by defendant encouraged readers to conduct knife attacks against the enemies of ISIS.”

Read more: Oregon Public Broadcasting