ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A Virginia man who surrendered to Kurdish authorities after telling them he had joined the Islamic State has been flown back to the U.S. to face terror-related charges.
A judge on Thursday unsealed charges against 26-year-old Mohamad Khweis of Alexandria alleging he provided material support to terrorists.
Khweis was captured by Kurdish forces in northern Iraq in March. He told his captors he was a Palestinian-American who had gone to join the Islamic State.
But he told Kurdish television he became disenchanted with life in the Islamic State and made his way to the front lines to surrender.
At the time of his capture, U.S. authorities and even Khweis’ own family appeared to be caught off guard that he had left the U.S. to join the militant group.