US Couple Charged with Trying to Join IS

一对美国年轻人因试图加入伊斯兰国被起诉
FILE - In this image shot with an extreme telephoto lens and through haze from the outskirts of Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, militants with the Islamic State group are seen after placing their group's flag on a hilltop at the eastern side of the town.

VOA News,August 12, 2015

A young Mississippi couple has been arrested and charged with trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria.

Muhammad Dakhlalla, 22, and his fiance, Jaelyn Young, 20, were arrested by the FBI on Saturday after travelling to the Golden Triangle Airport in Columbus, Mississippi, where they were to board flights to Amsterdam en route to Istanbul.

The pair was charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to Islamic State. An affidavit from an FBI agent says both confessed to the charges after their arrest.

According to the criminal complaint, the two repeatedly said in online communications with undercover FBI agents that they planned to travel to Syria in support of the terrorist group.

Over the course of several months, Young told undercover agents on various social media platforms that money was the only thing keeping them from immediately travelling to join Islamic State, updating them when the pair found jobs and when they had saved enough for plane tickets. At one point she told agents that the Muslim family she spends time with, and her local community as a whole, did not support Islamic State and that she disagreed with them.

Young said the story the two would use to travel abroad would be that they were newlyweds on their honeymoon.
 
FBI agents also made contact with Dakhlalla on social media, where he said he expressed his intention to join IS saying he was good with computers, education and media and asking how he could help.
 
The two are former students at Mississippi State University. Young was a chemistry major and the daughter of a police officer.  Dakhlalla graduated in May and was planning to start graduate school in psychology.  His father is a religious leader at local Islamic Center.

At a hearing Tuesday, a federal magistrate ordered the couple to be held without bail, saying despite their never being in trouble with the law, she still feared that both would attempt to commit acts of terrorism.

If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

一对美国年轻人因试图加入伊斯兰国被起诉

美国之音,2015年8月12日

一对来自密西西比州的年轻人被控试图加入叙利亚的伊斯兰国激进组织而被逮捕。

22岁的穆罕穆德·达卡拉拉和他的未婚妻、20岁的杰啉·杨星期六被美国联邦调查局逮捕,之前他们前往密西西比州哥伦布的金三角机场,打算乘机经阿姆斯特谈飞往伊斯坦布尔。

两人被控合谋并试图向伊斯兰国提供物质支持。联邦调查局的一份证词上说,两人在被捕后都对这些指控供认不讳。

根据刑事控罪书,两人分别与联邦调查局卧底探员通过网上交流一再表示,他们计划前往叙利亚支持那里的伊斯兰国组织。

两人之前都是密西西比州立大学的学生。杰啉·杨主修化学,她父亲是一名警察。达卡拉拉今年五月份毕业,曾计划攻读心理学研究生学位。他的父亲是当地伊斯兰中心的的一名宗教领袖。

在星期二的一次听证中,一名联邦法官下令拘留两人,不得保释。法官表示,尽管两人从来没有违法记录,她仍然担心他们会试图作出恐怖主义行动。

如果两人被定罪,他们每人可面临长达20年监禁和25万美元罚款。