Chicago-Area Man Arrested on Charge of Supporting Intl Terrorism

A 18-year-old Chicago-area man was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation late yesterday at O’Hare International Airport on a charge of supporting terrorism overseas.

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, of Aurora, Illinois, was taken into custody without incident as he was getting on a flight for Istanbul, the FBI said in a statement.

The bureau said he appeared in U.S. District Court today and was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which is a felony.

The statement said he was traveling to Syria to join a jihadist militant group operating inside Syria.

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