American Isis Member Captured By Peshmerga Faces Charges In U.S. Court
An American citizen who authorities say joined and later escaped from the Islamic State (ISIS) has been returned to the U.S. where he is now facing charges, according to the Associated Press.
Palestinian-American Mohamad Khweis, 26, is charged with providing material support to terrorists.
Khweis was captured in March by Peshmerga in Sinjar after emerging from ISIS-held territory.
An FBI affidavit does not mention Khweis receiving military training but does state he agreed to become a suicide bomber.
He said he agreed believing the question was a test of loyalty.
Khweis told the FBI, as cited by the Associated Press, that he traveled to Turkey in December 2015 where he made contact with smugglers who assisted his journey to Syria.
According to USA Today, Khweis said upon arriving in Syria he was taken to a safe house in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa along with dozens of other volunteers.
Khweis quickly regretted his decision to join the militant group and left after only three months, fleeing the Iraqi town of Tel Afar.
According to the FBI affidavit, Khweis never agreed to carry out terrorist attacks abroad on behalf of ISIS.
The militant group is known for training members to conduct such attacks in their home countries.
Khweis did admit to burning a laptop and dismantling mobile phones before surrendering to Peshmerga.
He is due to appear in a U.S. district court in Alexandria in the U.S. state of Virginia on Thursday (June 9).