A federal grand jury indicted a 19-year-old American for trying to travel overseas to join Islamic State militants operating in Syria and Iraq, the Justice Department said on Friday.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan of Bolingbrook, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, was charged with trying to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a single-count indictment returned late Thursday, the department said in a statement.
He was arrested in October in 2014 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as he tried to board a plane to Vienna en route to Istanbul with his 17-year-old sister and 16-year-old brother.
A date for Khan’s arraignment in U.S. District Court in Chicago has not been determined, the department said.
Attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
(Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bill Trott)