COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio man is behind bars as he is accused of plotting to travel to Libya to join the barbaric Islamic group known as ISIS.
Aaron Travis Daniels, 20, who also goes by the names Harun Muhammad and Abu Yusef, was arrested on Monday by federal agents, seizing him before he was to board a flight out of Columbus.
The U.S. Department of Justice outlines that Daniels had set up email and social media accounts using the two Islamic aliases and had communicated to others that he wished to travel overseas and engage in jihad.
He allegedly advised an undercover FBI agent that he planned to travel to Trinidad before flying to Libya. Daniels then purchased a ticket to fly from Columbus to Houston, and then on to Trinidad.
He was arrested at the airport and ordered to be held without bond by Judge Terence Kemp. A federal grand jury will now decide whether or not to indict Daniels on a charge of conspiring to aid ISIS. He is additionally accused of wiring $250 to an intermediary for now-deceased ISIS recruiter Abu Isa Al-Amriki.
Daniels faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
As previously reported, just last month, a Wisconsin man plead guilty to a charge of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, and two men from California were sentenced to 30 years behind bars for their plot to join the terror organization.
FBI Director James Comey remarked earlier this year that he believes ISIS sympathizers are present throughout the nation.
“We have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states,” he told a meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). “This isn’t a New York phenomenon or a Washington phenomenon. This is all 50 states and in ways that are very hard to see…”
Comey explained that Islamic terror groups believe that they are carrying out their acts as part of the end times.
“ISIL in particular is putting out a siren song with their slick propaganda through social media that goes like this: ‘Troubled soul, come to the caliphate. You will live a life of glory. These are the apocalyptic end times. You will find a life of meaning here fighting for our so-called caliphate. And if you can’t come, kill somebody where you are,” he outlined. “That is a message that goes out to troubled souls everywhere.”
Nadeem Walayat of the Market Oracle has likewise noted that groups like ISIS and Boko Haram have an apocalyptic strategy.
“What ISIS and virtually all Muslims anticipate is for Jesus to return on the white Eastern Minaret of Damascus (Syria) gliding in on the wings of two angels and then through much blood and carnage will convert the whole world to Islam including killing all of the Jews, break all of the crosses and live as a Muslim for 40 years, before dying and thus heralding the final countdown to Judgment Day when Muslims expect to enter paradise,” he wrote in a report on the matter.