Miss. Couple Arrested at Airport Wanted to Join Islamic State Group: Report

Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla and Jaelyn Delshaun Young
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Two Mississippians were arrested over the weekend at an airport and charged with attempting to aid the Islamic State group, CNN reports.

Authorities accused Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla and Jaelyn Delshaun Young of planning to travel to Syria to join the notorious terrorist organization, often referred to by the acronym ISIS. 


According to CNN, Dakhlalla and Young were planning to get married so that they could travel to Syria together without raising suspicion. The two allegedly incriminated themselves in communications with two FBI employees through social media over the past few months.

Young reportedly wrote of marrying Dakhlalla, saying that the wedding took place in June. Authorities allege that their cover story was that they were flying to Turkey for a honeymoon before traveling to Syria in order to shake suspicion.

"I am good with computers, education and media," Dakhlalla allegedly wrote in one message to an agent. "What could I contribute?"

ABC News reports that according to the FBI, Young praised the actions of the Chattanooga, Tenn., shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who killed five American servicemen.


“What makes me feel bette[r] after just watching the news is that an akhi [brother] carried out an attack against US marines in TN! Alhamdulillah [Thanks be to God], the numbers of supporters are growing,” she allegedly told an undercover agent in an online conversation one day after the shooting, according to ABC News.

Young, who was attending Mississippi State University, wanted to become a doctor, ABC notes. She reportedly told the FBI that she was interested in “giving medical aid to the injury [sic]” once she arrived in Syria.


According to ABC, the couple did not seem knowledgeable about what it meant to live under the Islamic State group, acknowledging that they did not know much about Shariah, or Islamic law.

Both are being held without bail.

Dakhlalla, who also attended MSU, is the son of a local imam, while Young is the daughter of a Vicksburg, Miss., police officer, CNN notes.


Read more at CNN and ABC.

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