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Teen arrested trying to leave US; accused of attempting to join ISIS

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Oct 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-06 13:12:42-04

A suburban teen from the Chicago area was arrested at O’Hare International Airport over the weekend and accused of attempting to provide aid to ISIS, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced Monday.

Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

According to a criminal complaint, a round-trip ticket was purchased for Khan from Chicago to Istanbul, Turkey.

Once he crossed security at the airport Saturday, federal agents stopped him and executed a search warrant at his home, where documents expressing support for ISIS and jihadists were recovered, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The teen was taken into custody without incident.

The charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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