Two held in Texas, Calif. on terror ties

They in­clude a refugee from Syria who is charged with ly­ing to the feds.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

sacra­mento, calif.» Au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day that two peo­ple with ties to the Is­lamic State have been ar­rested on ter­ror­ism-re­lated charges in Cal­i­for­nia and Texas, in­clud­ing a refugee from Syria who is charged with ly­ing to fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors about his trav­els to the civil war in that coun­try.

The ar­rests feed a na­tional de­bate over whether the United State is do­ing enough to screen refugees from Syria for ter­ror­ists from that na­tion.

Court doc­u­ments say the men wanted to as­sist ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions af­fil­i­ated with the Is­lamic State, al­though one man is ac­cused of as­sist­ing a group that al­lied with Is­lamic State af­ter he had re­turned to the United States.

A crim­i­nal com­plaint un­sealed Thurs­day ac­cuses Aws Mo­hammed You­nis Al-Jayab, 23, of Sacra­mento of trav­el­ing to Syria to fight and ly­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors about it. U.S. At­tor­ney Ben­jamin Wag­ner said in a state­ment that while AlJayab was po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous, there is no in­di­ca­tion that he planned any at­tacks in the United States.

Mean­while, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice in Hous­ton said late Thurs­day that Omar Faraj Saeed Al Har­dan, 24, of Hous­ton was in­dicted Wed­nes­day on three charges that he tried to pro­vide ma­te­rial sup­port to the Is­lamic State.

There is no in­di­ca­tion from pros­e­cu­tors that Al Har­dan was a threat in the United States.

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