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An Ohio man who allegedly sympathized with ISIS and trained with another terrorist group in Syria has been arrested by federal authorities after returning to this country looking to launch attacks in the U.S. homeland, the Justice Department announced today.  Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, Ohio, left the United States in April 2014 for the purpose of training and fighting with terrorists in Syria, according to the Justice Department. He had become a naturalized citizen only two months earlier.

Mohamed wanted to join ISIS and he previously posted ISIS propaganda online, but he has been charged with providing material support to al Nusrah, an Al Qaeda affiliate operating in Syria, according to the Justice Department.  Once in Syria, terrorists trained him in shooting weapons, breaking into houses, using explosives and engaging in hand-to-hand combat, charging documents allege. A radical cleric then instructed him to return to the United States and commit an act of terrorism, the documents say.

Mohamud returned to the United States in June 2014 with a plan to attack a military facility or a U.S. prison, according to the charging documents.

Read more:  ABC News

A 20-year-old Kansas man allegedly joined the U.S. Army last year so he could launch an ISIS-inspired attack on American soldiers like the deadly strike on Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, federal authorities announced today.  John T. Booker of Topeka, Kansas, was arrested after a lengthy FBI investigation and was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempt to provide material support to ISIS, and attempt to destroy U.S. property, officials said.

Booker enlisted on Feb. 7, 2014, and was due to ship to basic training on April 7, 2014. However, his enlistment was terminated on March 24, 2014, at the request of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Command because of Booker allegedly making statements that he intended to harm federal personnel.  Since then, he developed a plan to launch a car bomb attack on a military installation in Kansas, prosecutors allege.  He's the latest alleged ISIS sympathizer nabbed by the FBI following a string of arrests involving Americans allegedly plotting to join ISIS overseas or launch attacks on their behalf here in the U.S.

Read more:  ABC News

A Wisconsin man is accused of traveling to the Middle East in an attempt to join the Islamic State group.  Thirty-four-year-old Joshua Van Haften was arrested Wednesday night at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. A criminal complaint charges him with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.  Van Haften is scheduled to appear Thursday morning in federal court in Madison.

The complaint alleges Van Haften, of Madison, had talked to people about his plan before leaving the United States. It says he left the United States in August for Istanbul.  The complaint cites Facebook posts from Van Haften that said he was unable to cross the border from Turkey into Syria. He had just returned on a flight from Turkey when he was arrested.

Source: ABC News

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday on all 30 federal counts in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing case and faces a possible death sentence.  He was convicted of a string of charges, including the deaths of four people and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen of the 30 counts carried a possible death penalty.

The twin bombings on April 15, 2013, killed three people and injured 260. A fourth person, an MIT security officer, was killed during a six-day manhunt for the suspects that brought the stunned city to a standstill.  Tsarnaev, flanked by his three lawyers, showed no emotion while the verdict was read, mostly staring at the defense table and occasionally looking straight ahead. At one point the 21-year-old former college student crossed his arms as federal Judge George O'Toole read the lengthy verdict.  The courtroom was silent as each count came down as "guilty."

Read more: USA Today

Federal Prosecutors on Monday charged a fourth man in New York with conspiring to support the terrorist organization ISIS. The plot, as outlined by the Department of Justice, involved a group of Brooklyn residents raising money to help one of the men travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State militants.
A grand jury indicted Dilkhayot Kasimov, 26, in connection with the alleged plot. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in the Eastern District of New York on charges of conspiracy and attempt to provide material support to the terrorist group also known as ISIL.
The three other men charged in the plot -- Abror Habibov, Akhror Saidakhmetov and Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev -- all pleaded not guilty last month. They are also Brooklyn residents.