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Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
US charges 2 men for trying to join ISIL
Two US men from Woodbridge, Virginia have been charged with offenses relating to attempts to join the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria, says the Department of Justice.
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Security officials arrested Joseph Hassan Farrokh, 28, and Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 25, on Friday.

Farrokh was arrested at the Richmond International Airport in Virginia before he could board a flight to Chicago, the DoJ said on Saturday.

He was going to travel to Amman, Jordan "with the ultimate destination of Syria," the department added.

Farrokh was charged with "attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIL," it stated.

Elhassan was arrested Friday after returning home from driving Farrokh to the airport and was charged "with aiding and abetting" Farrokh's plans, the Justice Department noted.

Farrokh is a US citizen originally from Pennsylvania and his accomplice, Elhassan, is a legal permanent US resident originally from Sudan.

Farrokh had been trying to join Daesh since at least November 20. He had, for several times, met "with confidential human sources in attempts to work out the details" of flying to Syria.

The two will appear in court on January 19 and they will each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted.

A study released in November shows that the overwhelming majority of terror suspects charged in the US for their alleged ties with Daesh are American citizens.

Of the 68 people who have been indicted because of alleged involvement in Daesh terrorism, 55 or about 81 percent are US citizens, including 44 who were born in America, according to the study published by Center on National Security at Fordham University.

The Daesh terrorists, many of whom were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.

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