November 8, 2016: U.S. authorities have arrested a 20-year-old Ohio man for allegedly conspiring to join Islamic State militants.
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Aaron Travis Daniels of Columbus faces a charge of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Daniels, also known as Harun Muhammad and Abu Yusef, was arrested as he tried to board a plane. Authorities said his ultimate destination was Libya.
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According to the criminal complaint, Daniels sent $250 in January to “an ISIS operative” and had communicated his commitment to violent overseas jihad.
Investigators said there was no reason to believe Daniels was trying to recruit others.
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The complaint alleges that Daniels set up email addresses and a social media account using aliases and expressed his interest in violent jihad and traveling overseas in various communications.
If convicted, Daniels could face up to 20 years in prison. (VOA)