3 Chicago Siblings Detained On Way To Join ISIS - One Arrested Two Released
November 4, 2014
Three Chicago teen siblings 'were intent on traveling to Syria to join ISIS militants' before they were detained at O'Hare airport
Jailed Mohammed Hamzah Khan was the only one charged
Prosecutor Richard Hiller said Khan's 16-year-old brother and 17-year-old sister were also passionate about the Islamic State
Khan is charged with seeking to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group, which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.
A younger brother and sister left their suburban Chicago home and were detained at O'Hare International Airport along with their 19-year-old brother last month — all of them intent on traveling to Syria to join Islamic State militants, a prosecutor alleged on Monday while pushing for the older brother to remain behind bars.
The jailed Mohammed Hamzah Khan was the only one charged, but prosecutor Richard Hiller said Khan's 16-year-old brother and 17-year-old sister were also passionate about the Islamic State.
Hiller said the girl once used the Twitter handle @DeathIsTheeNear to send a favorable tweet about a video of beheadings — even placing a smiley emoticon in the text.