U.S. Citizen Indicted for Trying to Join Islamic State

Smoke billows behind an Islamic State group sign
Smoke billows behind an Islamic State group sign / AP

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted a 19-year-old U.S. citizen for allegedly trying to travel overseas to fight alongside the Islamic State (IS) terror group operating in Iraq and Syria, the Justice Department announced.

Mohammed Hamzah Khan was arrested in October and charged with attempting to provide material support to IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS), a crime that carries a maximum of 15-years in prison.

While the investigation in Khan’s crime is ongoing, a grand jury returned a single-count indictment against late Thursdays, according to the DOJ.

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A date for Khan’s arraignment in a Chicago U.S. District Court has yet to be set. He remains in federal custody.

Khan was arrested by the FBI in early October at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Vienna, Austria, on his way to Istanbul, Turkey, where it was determined he intended to join IS, according to the DOJ.

"According to the indictment, between February and Oct. 4, 2014, Khan attempted to provide material support and resources, specifically, personnel, to ISIL," the DOJ said in a statement.