Prosecutors face terrorism charges against a Minnesota man allegedly helping ISIL in Syria announced Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Abdelhamid Al-Madioum was vacationing 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 US citizen, was 18 when he left for Syria. During his family’s 2-month vacation in Syria, he said he was not feeling well before dinner and was gone the next day, leaving behind only his mobile phone and passport.
According to search warrant received from the Associated Press, investigators found handwritten notes in his home describing how he could channel money through various accounts and rehearsed background. Al-Madioum was reportedly recruited by ISIL through Twitter propaganda.
According to the indictment, between July 8, 201
Al-Madioum was detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along with other ISIS fighters and then transferred to the FBI.