Mufid A. Elfgeeh, 31, of Rochester, New York entered a guilty plea to two terrorism-related counts before US District Judge Elizabeth Wolford in federal court in Rochester.

His case is among more than 70 brought by the US Department of Justice against defendants accused of seeking to support the militant group.

Prosecutors accused Elfgeeh of using a network of social media accounts, including 23 separate Facebook accounts, to help convince two individuals to travel to Syria in order to train as soldiers for Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL and controls territory in Iraq and Syria.

The individuals were secretly working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to court documents.

Elfgeeh arranged for a known jihadist in Yemen to help coordinate logistics for the individuals' planned travel to Syria and gave them advice on how to avoid detection, prosecutors said.

"One of the first ISIL recruiters ever captured in this country stands convicted of terrorism-related charges," said William Hochul, the US Attorney in Rochester, in a statement.

Elfgeeh's plea agreement with the government calls for a prison term of 22-1/2 years. His sentencing is scheduled for March 17.

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