Texan accused of plotting to join ISIS

Texan accused of plotting to join ISIS
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A Texas man was arrested and charged on Tuesday for attempting to travel to Syria in order to join the Islamic State in Iraq Syria (ISIS).

According to federal charges, 20-year-old Asher Abid Khan had contacted an intermediary of the terrorist group to ask how he could join ISIS and die as a martyr.

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“I wana join ISIS can you help?” he allegedly told the Turkey-based foreign facilitator via Facebook in January 2014, while he was living in Australia.

“All I know is that I want to fight fisabillah [for Allah],” he allegedly wrote to another unidentified subject. “I want to just rise the laws of Allah and be a shaheed [martyr] in his cause.”  

Khan allegedly got as close as Istanbul, when he was tricked into turning around and coming back to Texas. His family allegedly sent him false information claiming his mother was unwell.

A friend of Khan’s, whom he had intended to join in Istanbul, made it into Syria and joined ISIS last year, the Justice Department said.

That friend, referred to in the criminal complaint only by the initials “S.R.G.,” used Facebook to discuss his plans to travel to Syria, join ISIS and recruit others to follow in his path, the Justice Department claimed.

Khan was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization. He will appear before a judge later on Tuesday.

If convicted, Khan faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.