BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 A.M.) – An Ohio man was arrested by the federal authorities on Wednesday for trying to join the Islamic State (ISIS), the U.S. Justice Department reported on Thursday.
According to the Justice Department, Naser Almadaoji was arrested at the Columbus Intentional Airport while trying to travel to Kazakhstan in order to join the Islamic State terrorist organization.
Almadaoji, 19, was planning to travel from Kazakhstan to nearby Afghanistan, the Justice Department said.
“Naser Almadaoji allegedly attempted to seek terrorist training in weapons and tactics and discussed a willingness to conduct terrorist ‘projects’ in the United States on behalf of foreign terrorist groups,” said Assistant Attorney John C. Demers in a press release.
“Protecting America from terrorist activity, including conduct like this, remains the highest priority of the Department of Justice,” Demers continued.
“According to the charging document, Almadaoji wanted to make his way to Afghanistan to train with an ISIS organization,” said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin Glassman.
“He allegedly pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS in a video in which he wore a head scarf, and had plans to cause conflict in America between the United States Government and anti-government militias. These are serious allegations, and thwarting terrorist threats remains a top priority for the United States Attorney’s Office,” Glassman added.