Two Iraqi-born Palestinians arrested in US on terror-related charges
Both men, brought before a federal jury Thursday, are Palestinians born in Iraq who were granted refugee status in the US. Both are accused of lying to immigration officials to conceal their ties to terrorist organizations. Omar Faraj Saeed Hardan, 24, of Houston, is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, including training, and procuring citizenship or naturalization unlawfully by false statements. Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, of Sacramento, California, is charged with traveling from Chicago to Turkey in November 2013, then entering Syria. He reported on social media that he was in Syria “fighting with various terror organizations, including Ansar al-Islam.” The two defendants have not been shown as connected..