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US Ramps Up Efforts to Catch ISIS Recruits

By    |   Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 04:04 PM

U.S. authorities are increasing their efforts to stop those who may be attempting to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, The New York Times reports.

Acknowledging the Islamic State's effective use of social media to rally anti-American sentiments, the government is screening such travelers more deeply in an effort to squash recruiting attempts that would send U.S.-born Syrian-trained fighters back to their homes on American soil to do harm in the name of the Caliphate, the Times reported.

As recently as Saturday, federal agents stopped a man bound from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Syria. Mohammed Hamzah Khan, just 19, was detained for questioning as investigators executed a search warrant on his Bolingbrook, Ill., home, finding evidence there that they claim allegedly ties him to the Islamic State, the Times noted.

Khan, a U.S. citizen, was attempting to travel from Chicago to Vienna and then on to Turkey, where he planned to take a bus to the Syrian border, USA Today reported.

He has since been charged with trying to help terrorist groups, the 100th person to face such scrutiny as the U.S. fights back to stop similar travel amid fears that some disenfranchised U.S. Muslims could fall prey to radical recruiting.

According to a letter found at his suburban home, penned by Khan to his parents, the teen said that he hoped to join the Islamic State and urged his family to come to Syria and join him.

"Western societies are getting more immoral day by day," Khan allegedly wrote. He told his parents, according to the Times, that he didn't want to continue paying American taxes that in turn would go toward eradication of Muslims.

"We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day. I do not want my kids being exposed to filth like this," he added in the letter seized by FBI agents who reportedly found a picture of the Islamic State flag among his possessions.

A federal judge in his case delayed a bail hearing for Khan on Thursday, Chicago's CBS local affiliate television reported, as Khan's family appeared in court to offer support. It was rescheduled to Oct. 21. Federal prosecutors are attempting to get the judge to seal certain information contained in evidence. Khan's attorney, Thomas Durkin, argued that all evidence should be made open.

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U.S. authorities are increasing their efforts to stop those who may be attempting to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, The New York Times reports.
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