CHICAGO – An Illinois teenager who lived with his parents just outside of Chicago has been arrested after attempting to leave the country to join the Islamic savage group ISIS, also identifying themselves as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, was taken into custody by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on Saturday at the O’Hare International Airport as he waited to board a flight to Vienna. Reports state that the teen planned to ultimately arrive in Turkey, where he would cross the border into Syria and either join ISIS there or in neighboring Iraq.
Federal agents searched Khan’s home and found handwritten notes stating his support for ISIS and jihad, as well as outlining his travel plans overseas. One document was a letter that he had penned to his parents, which he had left in his bedroom to be found after his departure.
“My dear parents, there are a number of reasons I will be going to the blessed land of Shaam [Syria] and leaving my home,” it read, according to a federal complaint. “We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day. I do not want my kids being exposed to filth like this.”
Written by Heather Clark
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