CHICAGO — A Bolingbrook man plead guilty today to a federal charge that he attempted to join the terrorist organization ISIL in Syria.
20-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan plead guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Kahn was arrested last year at O’Hare before boarding a plane to Vienna, Austria with a connection to Istanbul, Turkey. Agents say that it is common for U.S. fighters to cross over from Turkey to Syria or Iraq.
According to his plea agreement, “Khan used the Internet to obtain introductions to ISIL members in Syria and to assist him with traveling there to join the terrorist group” beginning around February 2014. And “Khan spoke with ISIL members to coordinate the logistics of his admission into ISIL-controlled territory.”
Upon arriving in Syria, according to the plea agreement, Khan intended to work under the direction and control of ISIL, and be required to take any assignment ISIL gave him.
Khan faces a max sentence of 15 years in prison.
He is due in court again Dec 3.
For more on from Tom Mockatitis: https://tmockait.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/fight-terrorist-recruitment-with-rehabilitation-not-retribution/