A young Texan man who was living in Australia when he decided to join ISIS made it as far as Istanbul airport before his family duped him into coming home before he could make it to Syria.
Asher Abid Khan was arrested in the Houston-area suburb of Spring in May of 2015 after the FBI found out about his February 2014 change of heart via his Facebook and other communications.
The 20 year-old was charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State and he now faces up to 15 years in a federal prison if he is convicted, but his family now insists he did nothing wrong.
Khan’s father Mohammed Abid Khan, who helped concoct a story about his wife being sick in order to get his son to fly home to Texas, thinks the charge is bogus, the Washington Post reported.
He said: ‘He doesn’t want to go to Syria.
‘That’s what he told us.
‘This is unfair. He did not do anything.’
Federal prosecutors opposed bail, but a magistrate judge ordered the young man to live under house arrest and wear an ankle bracelet in advance of his trial which is set to start later on this year.
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