Man arrested at Columbus airport charged with traveling to train with terrorists

Naser Almadaoji (Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS -- A Dayton-area man has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to ISIS-affiliated foreign terrorist organizations, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Naser Almadaoji, 19, an Iraqi-born U.S. citizen, was arrested yesterday at John Glenn International Airport. It is alleged Almadaoji planned to travel through Kazakhstan on his way to Afghanistan, where he intended to train with ISIS Wilayat Khorasan.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, FBI Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the Counterterrorism Division and Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, announced the charges.

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According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Almadaoji purchased a plane ticket for travel on October 24, 2018. It is alleged that Almadaoji intended to travel to Astana, Kazahkstan, where he planned to be smuggled into Afghanistan so that he could receive military training from ISIS Wilayat Khorasan in support of the terrorist group, or another ISIS affiliate. Almadaoji explained to an individual whom he believed to be in contact with ISIS that he wanted "weapons experts training, planning, executing, hit and run, capturing high value targets, ways to break into homes and avoid security guards. That type of training."

It is alleged that in September and October 2018, Almadaoji began making travel plans to Kazakhstan.

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