The FBI arrested an Indiana teen for allegedly attempting to join Islamic State.
The FBI announced Tuesday it arrested Akram Musleh, 18, just before he boarded a bus to New York where he would then take a flight to Morocco. From there, the FBI says he would head to ISIS territory.
“According to the complaint, Musleh attempted to travel overseas to join ISIL and to provide material support to the designated terrorist organization,” Assistant Attorney General John Carlin said in a statement. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is countering terrorist threats, and we will continue to work to stem the flow of foreign fighters abroad and bring to justice those who attempt to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.”
Musleh faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. According to court documents, he began posting videos of terrorists on social media in 2013. He also allegedly researched places in Indiana that could be potential targets for an attack and reached out to ISIS members.
The arrest came the same day two California men were convicted of trying to help ISIS. Nader Elhuzayel, 25, and Muhanad Badawi, 25, actively supported ISIS on social media. The pair also was recorded talking about “how it would be a blessing to fight for the cause of Allah, and to die in the battlefield.” Badawi planned to help Elhuzayel travel overseas to join the terrorist group,
“These two defendants betrayed their country and sought to join ISIL, a terrorist organization dedicated to brutally murdering innocent people,” U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said in a statement.
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