A 28-year-old man from Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he allegedly joined the terrorist organization ISIS with the intention of carrying out a suicide bombing.
Mohamad Jamal Khweis’s formal charge, brought by federal attorneys, was providing material support for ISIS. While allegedly covering his tracks, Khweis traveled through Turkey and into Syria after leaving the United States in 2015.
According to a Justice Department press release, Khweis spent two-and-a-half months with ISIS, trained with the terrorist organization, and traveled with them as well. Kurdish Peshmerga forces captured Khweis after his deployment to Tal Afar, Iraq.
In a statement, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana Boente described the danger Khweis posed. “The evidence at trial demonstrated that Mohamad Khweis is an unpredictable and dangerous person who was radicalized towards violent jihad.”