US couple planned 'honeymoon in Syria' to join ISIS: Report
A young American couple from Mississippi were arrested at the airport as they were just about to head to their 'honeymoon' trip that was to end in Syria where they would have joined the Islamic State.
Mississippi: A young American couple from Mississippi were arrested at the airport as they were just about to head to their 'honeymoon' trip that was to end in Syria where they would have joined the Islamic State.
The young couple, in their twenties, who were intending to join and help the ISIS under the disguise of going to Syria as their honeymoon destination, were exposed by undercover FBI employees, reports the CNN.
The CNN report adds that 20-year-old Jaelyn Delshaun Young and her 22-year-old partner Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla were arrested this weekend at Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus, Mississipp and are facing federal charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support.
Both are said to have met at Mississippi State University, from where Dakhlalla graduated with a degree in psychology, while Young was a sophomore studying chemistry.
Notably, Young who is a recent convert to Islam, is the daughter of Mississippi police officer while Dakhlalla is the son of a local imam.
FBI undercover agents exposed both the youngsters on social media, where they wrote about their intentions to join and help ISIS in Syria.
The couple had their plan sorted out as Young wrote that they would be flying to Europe on their honeymoon but not to Istanbul to avoid suspicion.
"We won't be flying to Istanbul. We will fly to a different country and take a bus," the CNN quoted the affidavit filed by the FBI that revealed further details.
Describing their skills, the couple explained how they were good at things like computer, media, etc and would be of help to the ISIS.
“We learn very fast and would love to help with giving medical aid," they wrote to the FBI undercover agents.
Young also came out as an admirer of the July 16 attacks at military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee,and wrote that the number of support were growing.