Arizona

Brother of Islamic State fighter testifies at terror trial

In this undated photo provided by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Samy el-Goarany poses for a photo with a weapon and the Islamic State group flag. Prosecutors showed this photo of Samy el-Goarany in federal court Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, during the trail of Ahmed Mohammed el-Gammal who is accused of helping Samy el-Goarany reach Syria where he trained with the Islamic State group before he was killed. The photo was shown while Samy el-Goarany's brother, Tarek el-Goarany, was testifying. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern Distirct of New York via AP)

In this undated photo provided by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Samy el-Goarany poses for a photo with a weapon and the Islamic State group flag. Prosecutors showed this photo of Samy el-Goarany in federal court Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, during the trail of Ahmed Mohammed el-Gammal who is accused of helping Samy el-Goarany reach Syria where he trained with the Islamic State group before he was killed. The photo was shown while Samy el-Goarany's brother, Tarek el-Goarany, was testifying. (U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern Distirct of New York via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The brother of a New Yorker who joined the Islamic State group and died has testified at the terrorism trial of an Arizona man.

Tarek el-Goarany (tuh-REEK' ehl-goh-AHR'-nee) testified Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. He was called as a government witness at the trial of Ahmed Mohammed el-Gammal (ehl-gahm-AHL').

The suburban Phoenix resident has pleaded not guilty to providing material support to the Islamic State group by helping el-Goarany's brother reach Syria. Prosecutors say Samy el-Goarany was killed there in 2015.

Tarek el-Goarany testified he knew his brother was going to Syria and communicated with him while he went through Islamic State group training. He said his brother referred to western civilization as a depressing "cesspool."

Tarek el-Goarany testified he initially lied to the FBI before cooperating.