Teen Arrested at O’Hare, Wanted to Join ISIS

An Illinois teenager was arrested Saturday at a major airport as authorities say he was attempting to travel to the Middle East to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Mohammed Hamzah Khan, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen from Bolingbrook, appeared in court today to face charges for allegedly attempting to provide material support for a terrorist organization. If convicted, Khan could face up to 15 years in prison.

Federal authorities said Khan was arrested Saturday at Chicago’s O’Hare airport by members of the FBI’s Chicago Join Terrorism Task Force. In court today it was revealed he had purchased a ticket to Istanbul, via Vienna. Investigators allege he planned to slip through the porous Turkish border to Syria or on to Iraq.

Share