SHAFAQNA – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested two men in the US state of California for allegedly attempting to travel abroad to join the ISIL terrorist group, according to law enforcement officials.
One of the men was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and the other in Orange County, NBC News reported on Thursday, citing anonymous law enforcement officials.
Both men were unarmed and never posed any threat to the public, sources told.
The men were due in federal court in Santa Ana on Friday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
Several individuals have been arrested in recent months for plotting to travel to Syria to fight for the ISIL militant group.
There have also been several examples of Americans being inspired by ISIL to plan terrorist attacks on American soil in recent months.
American authorities have warned the public and law enforcement agencies across the United States about young US citizens seeking to join and provide assistance to ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
The terrorist group has threatened to “burn the United States again” by conducting terrorist attacks against the country similar to the September, 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and the Washington, DC.
Observers say that while the US and its allies claim they are fighting against terrorist groups like ISIL, they in fact helped create and train those organizations to wreak havoc the Middle Eastern countries.
The ISIL terrorists, many of whom were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, now control parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. They have been engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.