According to U.S. officials, three men were charged on Wednesday for collaborating with the Islamic State, including two who planned to fly to Syria to fight alongside hard-line Islamic State extremists. One of the individuals, Kazakhstan-born Akhror Saidakhmetov, age 19, was apprehended by law enforcement officers early Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Authorities claim he was trying to board a flight to travel to Syria, via Turkey.
The second man, Uzbekistan-born Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, age 24, had previously bought a airline ticket for a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, next month, according to Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. According to U.S. prosecutors, another Islamic State supporter , Uzbekistan-born Abror Habibov, age 30, was accused by law enforcement in aiding Saidakhmetov’s efforts in traveling to the area. All three alleged Islamic State sympathizers currently reside in Brooklyn, New York.
Both Saidakhmetov and Juraboev are expected to appear in front of judge in Brooklyn federal court later today. Later today, Habibov is also set to go in front of the federal court judge in Jacksonville, Florida.
By Alex Lemieux
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