Would-Be Islamic State Recruit Nabbed

YERUSHALAYIM -

An Arab Israeli citizen has been arrested on charges of supporting and planning to enlist as a fighter in Islamic State.

In a joint Shin Bet-Israel Police operation, on June 6, Muhammad Ahmed Azzam, 23, a resident of Kfar Manda, was arrested after it was learned that he supports and identifies with Islamic State, was in contact with IS agents and supporters, and that he was making preparations to join the organization and the fighting.

Investigators found that Azzam followed IS propaganda online and recently made tangible preparations to leave for the combat zone in order to join the ranks of IS fighters. It was also learned that Azzam was in online contact with several IS fighters who were assisting him in his aforesaid preparations.

The State Attorney filed an indictment against Azzam in the Haifa District Court on Sunday.