National Security

Ohio Man Charged With Providing Support to ISIS

Authorities say suspect tried joining terror group in Syria

Laith Waleed Alebbini / Twitter

A federal grand jury on Thursday charged an Ohio man with one count of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, allegedly attempted to join ISIS and was arrested on April 26 at the Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport, according to a Justice Department press release.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested the suspect for trying to join the terror group in Syria, authorities said, and has remained in custody since then.

Alebbini had previously been arrested on Jan. 10 for unlawfully entering the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The charges were later dropped.

During a subsequent interview with the FBI on Jan. 23, Alebbini admitted to posting pro-ISIS videos on Facebook and supporting the group's ideological goals, describing himself as "the perfect recruit for ISIS." He added that he does not agree with the organization's use of violence.

The FBI had previously stated that Alebbini is a citizen of Jordan. He became a legal permanent resident of the United States in April 2014, and first traveled to the U.S. in July 2011.

Alebbini faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.