Aww, poor little jihad teen couldn’t get over to Syria to fight with ISIS. What do you think we ought to do with this little weed?
An American teenager disgusted with the American way of life has been arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport after he allegedly tried to travel to the Middle East to join and fight with ISIS.
Federal prosecutors announced on Monday that FBI agents arrested 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan, of suburban Bolingbrook, on Saturday evening before he boarded a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, via Vienna.
They accuse him of attempting to travel overseas to support terrorism which carries a maximum sentence of 15-years and Khan is also charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
On Monday, the slight, bearded Khan appeared in a federal court in orange jail clothes, calmly telling the federal magistrate that he understood the allegations.
The local CBS affiliate in Chicago identified a Facebook account belonging to a Hamzah Khan as that of the would be ISIS recruit.
Later, as marshals were leading him away in handcuffs, he turned to smile at his parents at the back of the room.
There are about 12 Americans believed to be fighting in Syria right now, FBI Director James Comey said two weeks ago.
There are more than 100 Americans who have either tried to go to Syria and were arrested, or went and came back to the U.S., Comey said, without offering more details.
According to prosecutors, Khan was trying to fly to Istanbul by way of Vienna when customs officers stopped him while he was going through security at O’Hare’s international terminal.
While FBI agents interviewed him there, others executed a search warrant at Khan’s home and found documents he wrote expressing support for the Islamic State group.
One page in a notebook had a drawing of what appeared to be an armed fighter with an Islamic State group flag and the words ‘Come to Jihad’ written in Arabic, according to the criminal complaint.