A 20-year-old California man allegedly committed passport fraud in order to board a flight to Turkey and eventually join the al-Qaida group ISIS.
Adam Dandach, who goes by the name Fadi Fadi Dandach, was arrested at John Wayne Airport in Irvine on July 2.
The FBI's Orange County Joint Terrorism Task Force stopped Dandach just before he boarded a plane to Istanbul.
According to federal court papers, he told authorities that “he was traveling to Syria for the purpose of pledging his alliance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS, a known terrorist organization, that he would assist ISIS with anything that ISIS asked him to do, and that he believed the killings of U.S. soldiers are justified killings.”
Investigators say Dandach’s mother hid his passport in a closet back in December so that he couldn’t fly to the middle east. He applied for a new passport in June and told officials that he accidentally threw his old one away while cleaning.
He is charged with a felony count of falsifying a passport application.
“What this man in Orange County was attempting to do is probably one the paramount security threats to the country,” said Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
“Americans and Europeans going to Syria, joining the fight, becoming radicalized, learning how to build bombs. And then coming back to try and attack targets here at home,” he added.
Dandach is schedule to be arraigned in a Santa Ana federal court on Monday.
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