Federal agents arrested an Ohio man at John Glenn International Airport, saying he was planning to travel to Afghanistan so he could join ISIS.
Naser Almadaoji, 19, an Iraqi-born naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in Beavercreek, Ohio, planned to travel to Astana, Kazakhstan, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He then hoped to be smuggled into Afghanistan so that he could receive military training from ISIS, officials say.
The release says Almadaoji traveled to Egypt and Jordan in February. In August, he began communicating online with a person he thought was connected with ISIS and said he tried to join a terrorist group during his earlier trip.
Almadaoji is accused of pledging allegiance to ISIS and of telling a second contact that he planned to cause the collapse of the United States by starting a conflict between the United States Government and anti-government militias.
If found guilty of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, Almadaoji could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.