By Jim Hagerty
Letters to his parents indicated a Bolingbrook, Illinois, teen was on his way to Turkey to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to federal authorities.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, was arrested Saturday, Oct. 4, at O’Hare International Airport and charged with attempting to support an international terror group.
Federal prosecutors say they can prove those charges, after agents found what has been reported as a three-page letter in the teen’s suburban bedroom. In the letter, Khan allegedly warns his family they could be in danger if anyone learns of his travel plans.
“We are all witness that the Western societies are getting more immoral day by day,” Khan wrote in the letter, according to the complaint. “I do not want my kids being exposed to filth like this.”
Agents also discovered that a round-trip airline ticket from Chicago to Istanbul was purchased for Khan.
Khan was taken into custody before he could board the plane.
The complaint alleges Khan was in possession of sketches of the ISIS flag and other written material that indicates he supports the deadly ISIS mission of Jihad. A note, allegedly penned in Arabic by Khan, was translated as: “Come to Jihad.”
According to a CNN report, Khan waived his Miranda rights and told investigators at the airport he planned to assume a “combat role” with ISIS in Turkey. To begin his mission, Khan was instructed to call an unnamed person once he landed. That person was to transport him to ISIS territory.
Khan has been charged with one count of attempting to provide material to support a foreign terrorist organization. He made his first court appearance Monday, Sept. 6, while his parents looked on.
Khan faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
From the Oct. 8-14, 2014, issue