A young couple was arrested in Mississippi for attempting to join the Islamic State.
If convicted, the pair face, a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Jaelyn Delshaun Young (19) and Muhammad Dakhlalla (22) were arrested at Golden Triangle Regional Airport just before boarding a plane to Istanbul, Turkey (via Amsterdam).
From there they intended to cross into Syria and join the Islamic State.
The pair were remanded in custody without bail, as it was feared they may attempt to carry out an attack should they be released.
The FBI has been investigating the couple since May and recorded several conversations between them and undercover FBI informants. Young told the FBI they planned to say they got married and were travelling on their honeymoon as a cover story. It is unclear whether or not they had married, or simply planned to marry on arrival.
Both were students at Mississippi State University.
In one recorded conversation, Young praised the Chattanooga attack in Tennessee in which five people were killed. She told an FBI agent “What makes me feel bette[r] after just watching the news is that an akhi [brother] carried out an attack against U.S. marines in TN! Alhamdulillah [Thanks be to God], the numbers of supporters are growing.”
Dakhlalla told an informant in a recorded conversation “I wish to be a mujahid akhi [holy warrior]. I am willing to fight. I want to be taught what it really means to have that heart in battle!”
Young said she wanted to provide medical assistance to the injured.
Over 60 Islamic State plots have been foiled so far this yearby the U.S., according to the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, Michael McCaul.
The FBI is investigating terrorism in all 50 states, FBI Director James Comey said in July.