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Chicago Man Charged|With Trying to Join ISIS

(CN) - A Chicago-area man was charged on Monday with attempting to support a foreign terrorist organization, two days after his arrest on O'Hare International Airport where he was allegedly on his way to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

When Mohammed Hamzeh Khan was apprehended, the 19-year-old is alleged to have been carrying an Austrian Airlines ticket that would have taken him first, to Vienna, Austria, and then on to Istanbul, Turkey.

While being questioned at the airport, Khan allegedly told federal agents he planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

As this was going on at O'Hare, federal agents executed a search warrant at Khan's residence and recovered multiple handwritten documents that they say appear to have been drafted by Khan and possible others, expressing support for ISIS, prosecutors said in a written statement.

Among these documents is a note that Khan purportedly left for his family that read in part, "I extend an invitation, to my family, to join me in the Islamic State."

Khan also complained of being obligated to pay taxes that are used to kill his Muslim brothers and sisters.

Kahn was formally charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization in an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox this morning.

He remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

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