U.S. Man Jailed for Trying to Join Islamic State in Syria

Militant raising the flag of Islamic State. File photo

A Texas man who admitted to trying to join the Islamic State group to fight in Syria was sentenced to nearly seven years in federal prison today, US officials said.

Michael Todd Wolfe, who went by the name Faruq, was arrested at a Houston airport in June 2014 following an FBI sting.

The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization later that month.

Prosecutors said Wolfe admitted that he began planning to join the jihadist group in August 2013 and “participated in physical fitness training, practiced military maneuvers and made efforts to conceal his communications about his plans to travel overseas to engage in violent jihad.”

He had been communicating with an undercover FBI agent whom he believed would help him get to Syria through Turkey once he got to Copenhagen.

Wolfe has been held in jail since his arrest on the jetway as he attempted to board a flight to Toronto at George HW Bush Airport in Houston.


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  1. Steven says:

    Execute him. (Actually, I guess I don’t really mean it. Keep him out of our free-loving society forever, though.)

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