US Authorities arrest 20-year-old Ohio man for Trying to Join Islamic State Terrorist Group and supporting overseas Jihad

According to the criminal complaint, Aaron Travis Daniels of Columbus sent $250 in January to "an ISIS operative"

A member of Iraq's elite forces flashes a victory sign as forces advance toward Islamic State positions in the village of Tob Zawa, near Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 25, 2016. VOA

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)


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