It boggles the mind to think about why any American citizen would throw their life away to join a terrorist group like ISIS. One American man from Virginia is learning that lesson the hard way.
Alexandria man sentenced for joining ISIS
An Alexandria, Virginia, man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison after having been convicted of joining and supporting ISIS.
The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement that Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 28, was convicted by a federal jury June 7. He left the U.S. in December 2015 and crossed from Turkey into Syria to join ISIS for two and a half months.
Khweis, a graduate of Edison High School in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Community College, is the first American to be captured on the battlefield fighting for ISIS.
In Syria, the statement said, Khweis stayed in several safe houses and filled out an intake form on which, among other things, he indicated he was willing to be a suicide bomber. He also underwent religious training, attended lectures, watched military videos and gave money to other ISIS members.
Eventually, he was deployed to Iraq and captured by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in March 2016. In March of this year, the U.S. military got his intake form and an ISIS camp roster with Khweis’ name on it.
What did he think was going to happen? How did he think this was going to end?