Muslim teen from Chicago arrested for trying to join ISIS

A 19-year-old Muslim teen from Chicago was caught trying to board a plane heading to Turkey where he would eventually join ISIS. His name is Mohammed Hamza Khan and he’s been arrested and charged with “attempting to provide material support” to ISIS.

See below for details, but don’t expect them to use the word Muslim when describing Khan:

USA TODAY – Federal agents have charged a 19-year-old man from a Chicago suburb with attempting to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria.

Federal agents arrested Mohammed Hamza Khan at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Vienna, Austria en route to Istanbul, Turkey. A criminal complaint alleges Khan, who appeared in court Monday, intended to travel by bus to a transit point where he would meet an Islamic State contact who would get him into Syria.

Khan, a U.S. citizen from the southwest Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, is charged with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is also known as ISIL and ISIS, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Federal prosecutor Matthew Hiller did not say during Khan’s initial court appearance how authorities were tipped off about Khan’s intentions.

Federal agents, who searched the home where Khan lived with his parents and siblings, found several handwritten documents expressing support for Islamic State, FBI Special Agent Dana McNeal said in an affidavit filed in court Monday. One notebook appeared to contain a “to do” list with items including purchasing a $4,000 ticket to Istanbul and having cash for a hotel in Istanbul and a bus ride to cities near the Syrian border.

Agents said they also recovered a letter to his parents explaining his travel and asking that they not contact authorities. In a car used by Khan but owned by his father, agents said they found a notebook with words and symbols referring to ISIL.


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