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US man accused in Syria terror case set to plead guilty

US man accused of trying to join Islamic fighters scheduled to change plea to guilty

US man accused in Syria terror case set to plead guilty

CHICAGO (AP) -- A 21-year-old Chicago man accused of trying to join al-Qaida-affiliated fighters in Syria is set to change his plea to guilty.

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was arrested at a Chicago airport in 2013 trying to board a flight for Turkey. Prosecutors say he hoped to join Nusra Front militants.

Tounisi earlier pleaded not guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group. Tounisi is scheduled to change his plea Tuesday at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago after several weeks of talks between his lawyer and federal prosecutors.

Terms of a plea deal between Tounisi and the government haven't been disclosed. Prosecutors typically agree to recommend lower sentences if defendants agree to plead guilty.


Updated : 2021-09-18 20:06 GMT+08:00