Another suspected terrorist has been busted in San Diego and accused of making false statements linked to international terrorism.
Syrian-born US citizen Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati, 24, was arrested at his home by FBI agents, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Saeed left San Diego in 2012 for Instanbul, Turkey, but was deported there to Syria, according to records. He was turned away early last month when he attempted to board a plane from Turkey to the US. He was eventually allowed to enter America by way of Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was interrogated by federal agents.
Authorities say Saeed lied when he was asked about his activities in Syria or if he had any ties to the Islamic State or al-Nusra, al-Qaeda's Syrian arm. In fact, several Facebook messages indicate Saeed was working with a Sharia court and for the Sharia Authority to set up a government based on Islam, according to court documents. "I am currently the media person for the Sharia Authority," Saeed allegedly told an associate, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Officials said he also admitted in messages to fighting for al-Nusra, and told federal agents that he participated in a raid on a Syrian political prison.
Earlier this week six friends from Minnesota, all US citizens of Somali descent, were arrested for allegedly plotting to join ISIS in Syria. They're accused of conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Four were nabbed in Minneapolis, and two of them — Mohamed Abdihamid Farah and Abdurahman Yasin Daud, both 21 — were arrested in San Diego. They had driven to San Diego from Minneapolis with plans to get passports, cross the border into Mexico, and then catch international flights en route to Syria to join ISIS, according to court documents.