Jordanian in Ohio convicted of trying to join Daesh

He wanted to become a suicide bomber and told a friend that the Daesh group was “fighting a survival war.” (File/AFP)
Updated 07 December 2018
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Jordanian in Ohio convicted of trying to join Daesh

  • Prosecutors say he is a legal permanent resident of the US, and he was trying to fly to Turkey or Jordan before joining with Daesh group fighters in Syria
  • He faces up to 20 years in prison for each conviction

CINCINNATI: A Jordanian citizen who was living in Ohio has been convicted of attempting to join the Daesh to fight against the Syrian leadership.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the US Justice Department announced 28-year-old Laith Waleed Alebbini was convicted Thursday of attempting to and conspiring to join the terrorist group.
Alebbini was arrested at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky in 2017.
Prosecutors say he is a legal permanent resident of the US, and he was trying to fly to Turkey or Jordan before joining with Daesh group fighters in Syria.
The justice department says Alebbini wanted to become a suicide bomber and told a friend that the Daesh group was “fighting a survival war.”
He faces up to 20 years in prison for each conviction.


US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a period of time - White House

A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria. (US Army photo)
Updated 19 min 41 sec ago
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US to leave 200 troops in Syria for a period of time - White House

WASHINGTON: The United States will leave “a small peacekeeping group” of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a US pullout, the White House said on Thursday.
“A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a brief statement.