Mississippi woman pleads guilty to attempting to join Islamic State

By Shawn Price

JACKSON, Miss., April 1 (UPI) -- A Mississippi woman pled guilty to trying to help the Islamic State after being caught with her fiance trying to leave the country for Syria.

Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 20, was charged with conspiring to provide material support to the militant group, and faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Her fiance, Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, pleaded guilty earlier this month.


Young, a recent convert to Islam, is the daughter of a police officer. Dakhlalla is the son of a Muslim cleric. The couple were arrested in February at Golden Triangle Airport in Columbus, Miss., attempting to board a plane to Atlanta, and on their way to Syria, court documents said.

The FBI discovered Young through an Internet sting last year, retweeting Islamic State propaganda and telling undercover agents she was going to leave with Dakhlalla for Islamic State territory.

Young told the agents online she was good at math and chemistry, and wanted to be a medic for the group. Her fiance hoped to be a "holy warrior," Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner said.


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