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Ohio Man Arrested Allegedly On Way To Join ISIS

| by David Bonner

An Ohio man was arrested on Nov. 7 because he was allegedly on his way to join the terrorist group ISIS in Libya.

The 20-year-old man, Aaron Travis Daniels -- also known as Harun Muhammad and Abu Yusuf -- was detained at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, headed for Libya by way of Houston, Trinidad and Tobago, and Tunisia, reports NBC News.

According to the official Justice Department announcement, Daniels “was arrested today for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.”

The government’s announcement goes on to provide some more details:

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The criminal complaint against him also alleges that Daniels sent $250 in January 2016 to an ISIL operative and had communicated his commitment to violent overseas jihad…. The complaint also alleges that Daniels wired money to an intermediary for Abu Isa Al-Amriki, a now-deceased ISIL member, recruiter and external attack planner.

In a news conference on Nov. 7, U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman added that Daniels is “accused of paying money that was intended to go to a foreign terrorist organization -- in this case [ISIS] ... And then further, he was accused of attempting to provide himself as a fighter” for the world's most notorious terrorist organization.

The FBI said it has been tracking Daniels ever since it uncovered his social media posts in February, seeking information on how to join ISIS. His various aliases were confirmed by tracking his cellphone, the FBI noted.

Daniels is currently being held without bail and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if he's convicted.

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Ironically, key U.S. allies, most notably Saudi Arabia, may also support ISIS. Though not acknowledged publicly by the government, one of the hacked emails released by WikiLeaks indicates the Obama administration is aware of the alleged support, reports The Independent.

The email in question reads: “We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Isis and other radical groups in the region.”

Sources: NBC News via MSN, United States Department of Justice, The Independent / Photo credit: Bernd. Brincken/Wikimedia Commons

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