A pair of Middle Eastern refugees were taken into custody by the FBI on terror related charges. One was in Texas, one in California and reports indicate they were in contact with each other.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al-Hardan, 24, and Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, were both arrested on terrorism related charges, with the most severe charging carrying a 25 year prison sentence.
A bond hearing for the two men has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Al Hardan is charged with aiding Islamic State after offering himself and his services as a jihadi with terror camp weapons training to the group as well as knowingly providing material support to the terror organization, according to an unsealed indictment.
Additionally, the pair faces several charges related to providing false information to U.S. immigration officials relating to ties to terror organization and the weapons training received from Ansar al-Islam prior to applying for refugee status.
According to Reuters:
In Sacramento, the U.S. Department of Justice said Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, came to the United States in 2012 as a refugee from Syria.
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said that arrests “prevented a catastrophic terror related event and saved countless lives.”