S.C. teenager arrested for trying to join ISIS for second time

He wanted to be a terrorist.

So he was arrested for a second time trying to join ISIS.

FBI agents cuffed Zakaryia Abdin on Thursday night as he was boarding a flight in Charleston, S.C.

The 18-year-old was trying to provide material support to ISIS, the agency alleged, and he planned to go overseas to join the terrorist group.

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At the time of his arrest, Abdin was on parole for a conviction related to his first bid to join ISIS.

Abdin, an American of Syrian descent, was arrested two years ago in York, S.C., and convicted of a gun charge — but never faced federal prosecution, according to published reports.

Officials said he wanted to rob a gun store and kill U.S. soldiers as retaliation against the American military’s presence in the Middle East, the Post and Courier reported. He told investigators he was also involved in a larger social-media plan to attack soldiers.

Abdin, 16 years old at the time, was sentenced to a juvenile detention center until he was 21, the Charlotte Observer reported.

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He became eligible for parole last May, however, and law enforcement officials pleaded with the parole board to keep him behind bars, according to the newspaper.

The board released Abdin, who said he was going to live with his mother and sisters near Charleston.

York Police Chief Andy Robinson said he was now furious the board would let Abdin walk.

“It is aggravating that now the federal government can prosecute him because he is 18, when they couldn’t when he was a juvenile. He was just as much a threat then as he is now, and this shows it,” Robinson told the Charlotte Observer. “All I can say is, I am happy they got him before he hurt or killed somebody. Or a lot of people.”

On Friday, Abdin appeared before a magistrate judge, and federal prosecutors asked he be held without bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Post and Courier.

With News Wire Services

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