California Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Join ISIS


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A California man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State, another in a slew of homegrown terrorists popping up around the country.

The FBI said Adam Dandach, 21, from Orange, Calif. complained to a friend that “people expect the khilafah to arise without bloodshed” and called going to fight with ISIS a “golden opportunity.”

He also told FBI special agents that Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan had been invaded, saying “we have to fight back.”

Dandach pleaded guilty to a two-count second superseding information charging him with attempting to provide material support to ISIS and making a false statement in a passport application.

“Mr. Dandach acknowledged his support for the Islamic State, a terrorist organization whose members are known for the torture and murder of innocent victims,” Assistant Director in Charge David Bowdich said in a statement. “The FBI and our Joint Terrorism Task Force partners are committed to disrupting the increasing trend concerning individuals who travel, or attempt to travel, from the United States to train with terrorists, and who thereby pose a potential threat of returning to commit attacks on U.S. soil.”

Authorities say Dandach admitted that beginning in November of 2013 he started trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS. (RELATED: Another New Jersey Homegrown Terror Suspect Arrested)

He faces up to 15 years for trying to join ISIS and up to 10 years for making the false statement in the passport application.

“This case demonstrates the need for continued vigilance and swift action to fight the false allure of foreign terrorist organizations that threaten the security of the United States,” U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said in a statement. “As Mr. Dandach succumbed to ISIL’s online recruiting efforts, the Joint Terrorism Task Force was able to uncover his plan before he left the United States, which prevented this young man from becoming a foreign fighter. As a result of today’s guilty pleas, Mr. Dandach now faces a lengthy term in federal prison.”

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