OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — A federal court hearing resumes Tuesday for the married couple accused by prosecutors of planning to join the terror group ISIS.
The two are identified by federal prosecutors as 22-year-old Muhammad Dakhlalla and 19-year-old Jaelyn Young, who both live in Starkville. Young is originally from Vicksburg.
Mississippi State University says both are former students. Dakhlalla graduated with a psychology degree in May. Young was a sophomore chemistry major last enrolled in the spring semester this year.
The criminal complaint alleges that FBI employees found out from Young and Dakhlalla over the Internet they planned to fly to Turkey so they could enter Syria and become members of ISIS.
It details conversations with the FBI employees, who were posing as ISIS supporters, about obtaining passports and saving money to make the journey. The complaint even documents how easy Young expected it would be to fly from a small rural airport.
“Small towns’ airports have poor funding and less educated staff, so it is easier to get through,” Young is quoted in a conversation.
The complaint says it was Saturday when the couple arrived at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport with plans to fly through Atlanta and Amsterdam before arriving in Istanbul.
According to an FBI agent, both admitted after their arrest they were going to Turkey with plans to join ISIS.
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