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U.S. Air Force Veteran Charged with Trying to Join ISIS

A United States Air Force veteran has been arrested and charged with attempting to join ISIS in Syria. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh not only tried to join the terrorist group, but allegedly attempted to provide them with material support.

The 47-year-old veteran is being charged with providing ISIS material support, obstruction, and attempted obstruction of justice. According to the press release [PDF], Pugh traveled from Egypt to Turkey to try and cross the border into Syria, but was turned back and held in Egypt when they discovered several suspicious electronic devices on him.

They sent him back to the U.S., where the Joint Terrorism Task Force found he had searched for phrases like “borders controlled by Islamic state” and “Flames of War,” one of ISIS’ propaganda videos. They also discovered two backpacks he had in the Middle East, containing a flashlight, clothes, a jacket, compasses, and other items.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced the charges today, and said, “We will continue to vigorously prosecute extremists, whether based here or abroad, to stop them before they are able to threaten the United States and its allies.”

Update- 4:29 pm EST: You can see a picture of Pugh here:

[h/t TIME]
[image via CBSNY]

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