BREAKING: Syrian Refugee With Ties To ISIS Arrested In Sacramento
Federal agents have arrested an Iraqi immigrant in Sacramento on a charge that he lied to immigration authorities over his ties to the Islamic State and travel to Syria, and there are indications the investigation extends to Houston and Milwaukee.
Aws Mohamed Younis Al-Jayab is named in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Sacramento and unsealed late Thursday as word of his arrest began to spread through the media.
He is to appear in federal court on Friday at 2 p.m.
“Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said in a statement. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the nation from terrorism, and we will continue to hold accountable those who seek to join or aid the cause of terrorism, whether at home or abroad.”
Word of the complaint came amid reports of teror-related investigations in Houston and Milwaukee, but Al-Jayab was the only suspect whose arrest was annonued on Friday by the office of U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner in Sacramento.
“According to the allegations in the complaint, the defendant traveled to Syria to take up arms with terrorist organizations and concealed that conduct from immigration authorities,” Wagner said. “While he represented a potential safety threat, there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country. I commend the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for their dedicated work on this matter.”