Houston-area man charged with planning to join ISIS

Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring arrested Tuesday


SAN ANTONIO – A Houston-area man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice's website, a criminal complaint was unsealed following the Tuesday morning arrest of Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring.

The criminal complaint alleges Khan and a Texas-based friend planned through social media to travel to Turkey and then to Syria to join ISIS militants fighting in Syria.

Khan allegedly asked a Turkish-based terrorist recruiter, "I wana join ISIS can you help?" and said he wanted to "die as a Shaheed [martyr]."

Khan's friend allegedly made it to Syria, but Khan only traveled as far as Turkey before  a family member sent him false information regarding his mother's health and tricked him into returning home to Texas, according to the criminal complaint.

Khan was expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Houston Tuesday afternoon.

If convicted, Khan faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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