Feds Arrest 2 Texas Men On Terrorism Cases

The seal of the FBI hangs at the bureau's headquaters. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The seal of the FBI hangs at the bureau’s headquaters. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Federal prosecutors have arrested two Central Texas men who they say both expressed a desire to go abroad and help terrorist groups in Syria and Africa.

Authorities on Tuesday announced the arrests of Rahatul Ashikim Khan and Michael Todd Wolfe. Both are 23.

A criminal complaint says Khan (a.k.a. “Rahat Khan”) is a University of Texas student and Round Rock resident who said in an online chat room that he was recruiting fighters for “jihad” — an Arabic term sometimes used to mean holy war.

A separate complaint accuses Wolfe, an Austin resident, of arranging to fly with his family to Turkey so he could enter neighboring Syria to fight and provide material support to terrorists.

Wolfe (a.k.a. “Faruq”) was arrested Tuesday at the George H.W. Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport, before boarding a flight to Europe.

Both men are in custody and face up to 15 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine if convicted. Neither had an attorney listed.

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