Two Central Texas Muslim men are facing charges that they provided material support to terrorists, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
KXANRahatul Ashikim Khan, 23, (photo left) was arrested Tuesday at his home on Pebblestone Trail in Round Rock. Authorities say he conspired with others to recruit people who would “travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad.” Khan, was arrested in the Teravista community in Round Rock. Several residents there were notified of FBI activity Tuesday by a neighborhood social media site.
In a separate case, Michael Todd Wolfe (photo right), also known as ‘Faruq,’ 23, of Austin, was arrested as he prepared to board a flight to Europe. Officials say he was planning to travel to the Middle East “to provide his services to radical groups engaged in armed conflict in Syria.” According to the federal criminal complaint, Wolfe told an undercover investigator that he was doing “Cross-Fit” to physically prepare for jihad.
Wolfe and the undercover agent began communicating in late 2013. Court documents detail their conversations as well as Wolfe’s plans to fly his family from Texas to Denmark under the guise of attending a concert. If convicted, both men face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
“The growing safe haven for Islamic extremism in Syria and Iraq poses the greatest threat to the national security of Western Europe and the United States today,” said Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, who serves as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “Americans and other Westerners with legal travel documents are going to Syria to join the fight and are being trained by jihadists to attack Western targets. This war is not over and the administration needs to face this crisis head on.”