Skip to comments.FBI: Aurora Man Wanted to Join al-Qaida in Syria (Illinois jihadi busted)
Posted on 04/20/2013 2:15:28 PM PDT by kristinn
An 18-year-old Aurora man with ties to a 2012 foiled bombing attempt in Chicago was ordered held without bail today after being arrested as he was about to travel to the Middle East to join al-Qaida, officials said today.
Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Aurora appeared in U.S. District Court after being arrested Friday at O'Hare International Airport as he was to get on an airplane to Istanbul, Turkey, FBI officials said in a press release.
Tounisi, a U.S. citizen, was charged with knowingly attempting to provide material support and resources, namely personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, a felony.
According to a criminal complaint unsealed in court today, Tounisi wanted to end up in Syria and expressed "a willingness to die for the cause."
Tounisi had hoped to eventually join a jihadist militant group operating inside Syria, officials said. The group, Jabhat al-Nusrah, is a jihadist militant group operating inside Syria, according to a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court. The organization is an alias for al-Qaida in Iraq, according to the complaint.
Since November 2011, Jabhat al-Nusrah has claimed nearly 600 terrorist attacks ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations in major city centers in Syria, according to the complaint.
The complaint links Tounisi with Adel Daoud, who is awaiting trial for trying to explode a bomb in a terrorist attack in Chicago.
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It would be more news if there were individuals in the Boulder Co area who did not want to join Al Qaida.
American citizen = traitor
Was Boston a sting operation?
This 18 year old’s arrest was a sting....
He's not a man, he's a terrorist dirtbag.
It better be.
We all know that mosques in America are against terrorism, and would never inspire young muslims to become terrorists. /s
How does it feel to get stung?
What’s the big deal? When he gets to Syria he can use the weapons 0bama is sending there. What is the difference between the two men? Seems 0 is lending more support to the enemy than this deluded kid.
They let real terrorists slip through their grasp in the name of political correctness and set up rubes and then arrest them and call a press conference to justify their ridiculous budget and manpower.
Like I have been saying since day one, REAL terrorists don't buy bombs from the FBI.
The apparatchiks are now busting an 18 year old because he bought a ticket to Istanbul.
He'll probably do more time than the Chechen or the Saudi.
There’s always a muslim, a killing, and a mosque.
Exactly what Hillary and Obama are guilty of in Syria. Except of course for the attempting part.
It wasn’t Aurora, CO. It was Aurora, IL (about 40 miles west of Chicago).
Now that’s just not cool bombing their Chicago brothers.