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Two California Men Charged With Seeking to Help ISIS

Friday, 22 May 2015 04:25 PM

Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport.

Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, were arrested on Thursday, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

On May 3, Elhuzayel tweeted his support for an attack by two men who that day attacked an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in Garland, Texas, and who were shot to death by police, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

Badawi and Elhuzayel were recorded talking to each other last month when they expressed support for Islamic State and said they wished to die on the battlefield, according to an affidavit filed in court.

On May 7, Badawi allowed Elhuzayel to use his credit card to buy a one-way ticket from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv in Israel on a Turkish Airlines flight, with the plane scheduled to stop in Istanbul, according to prosecutors.

Elhuzayel was arrested late on Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport, and admitted to investigators that he had planned to disembark in Istanbul to travel to join Islamic State fighting in Syria and Iraq, prosecutors said.

Badawi, who was arrested the same day in Orange County, had indicated that he planned to travel to the Middle East at some time in the future, prosecutors said.

Several individuals have been arrested in recent months for plotting to travel to Syria to fight for the group, including six Somali-American men from Minnesota last month.

The two men are scheduled to appear in federal court in Santa Ana on Friday afternoon.

It was not clear if either man had obtained an attorney.

If convicted of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State, Badawi and Elhuzayel each would face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport.
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Friday, 22 May 2015 04:25 PM
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