Agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested 26-year-old Laith Waleed Alebbini at the Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport for attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
According to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Alebbini, a citizen of Jordan and a legal resident of the United States since April 2014, attempted to travel to Syria through a flight to Turkey or Jordan. Investigators say Alebbini was trying to get to Syria to join ISIS’ fight against the Syrian government.
Alebbini, who was taken into custody by FBI agents on Wednesday, April 26, will be appearing in court on Thursday, April 27 at 1:30 P.M. He will be appearing in the U.S. District Court in Dayton before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force consists of multiple entities, including officers and agents from the Cincinnati Police Department, Colerain, Police Department, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Dayton Police Department, University of Cincinnati Police Department, FBI, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Secret Service, Ohio State Highway Patrol, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Oakwood Police Department, West Chester Police Department, and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
This article will be updated when more information becomes available.