Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mississippi Couple Arrested, Planned to Join IS; Charged with Trying to Support a Terrorist Org.

A Mississippi couple -- accused of seeking to join the militant Islamic State (IS) group on a planned honeymoon trip -- remained in custody yesterday after being denied bond in federal court, the Reuters website reports today (August 12, 2015).

Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 20, and Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 22, were charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Department of Justice said yesterday.

According to prosecutors, the former Mississippi State University students were planning to travel to Syria to join the IS group. They were arrested last weekend before boarding a flight at an airport in Columbus, Mississippi.

If convicted, the couple faces up to 20 years in prison in the latest case in a recent wave of U.S. prosecutions involving individuals accused of trying to aid the Islamic State. Federal officials are now investigating the activities of people they believe might be involved in aiding or joining the Islamic State group in all 50 states.

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