Minnesota man faces terror charge for allegedly joining IS

Minnesota man faces terror charge for allegedly joining IS
A Minnesota man who is accused of joining the Islamic State group in Syria has been returned to the United States to face terrorism charges. (Source: Raycom Media)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who is accused of joining the Islamic State group in Syria has been returned to the United States to face terrorism charges.

Abdelhamid Al-Madioum made his first court appearance in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on Wednesday.

He appeared over videoconference from a cell.

Authorities say Al-Madioum was vacationing with his family in Morocco in 2015 when he secretly booked a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, then went to Syria.

He’s charged with providing support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Al-Madioum spoke with CBS News from a prison in northern Syria last year and said he was recruited to IS by a Twitter contact.

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