A Minnesota man is facing terrorism charges for allegedly assisting ISIS in Syria, prosecutors say announced Wednesday.
According to prosecutors, Abdelhamid Al-Madioum was on holiday with his family in Morocco in 2015 when he secretly booked a flight to Istanbul and then traveled to Syria. He is accused of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Al-Madioum, a native of Morocco and a naturalized U.S. citizen, was 18 when he traveled to Syria. During his family’s 2-month vacation in Syria, he said he was not feeling well before dinner, and the next day he was gone, leaving only his cell phone and passport.
According to a search warrant obtained by the Associated Press, investigators found handwritten notes in his home describing how he could route money through various accounts and a rehearsed background story. Al-Madioum was reportedly recruited by ISIS through propaganda on Twitter.
According to the indictment, between July 8, 201
Al-Madioum was detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along with other ISIS fighters and was then transferred to FBI custody.