Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky–The complaint against Alebbini, filed in U.S. District Court, states he attempted to travel to Syria via a flight to Turkey or Jordan in order to fight with ISIS against Syrian leadership.
The FBI states Alebbini is a citizen of Jordan, a became a legal permanent resident of the United States in April 2014, and first traveled to the U.S. in July 2011.
A sworn affidavit from FBI investigators states Alebbini was arrested Jan. 10 for unlawfully entering the Turkish embassy in Washington D.C., but the charges were later dropped. Two days later, Alebbini tried to travel to Turkey via Amsterdam, but was denied entry because his Jordanian passport had expired, officials said. On Jan. 23, the FBI states Alebbini was interviewed about the incident at the Turkish embassy.
During the interview, Alebbini allegedly admitted to posting pro-ISIS videos on Facebook and to supporting ISIS’s desire for a united Middle East.
Alebbini was not jailed after those conversations with the FBI. Investigators state he moved to Dayton March 1 to live with a woman he claimed was his wife. Two days after moving to Dayton, a “Confidential human source” began speaking with Alebbini, according to court documents.
The FBI said it paid the source $3,500 during the course of the investigation into Alebbini. During recorded conversations with the source, the FBI states Alebbini made several pro-ISIS statements and expressed support for some of their violent acts. “The best choice is the Islamic State, best choice for the Muslims,” Alebbini allegedly said.
On March 29, the day after one of Alebbini’s friends was reportedly arrested in Jordan, he told the source he planned to travel to Washington D.C. then Jordan and Syria to fight with ISIS, according to the affidavit.
The FBI states Alebbini said his family knew that he wanted to join ISIS, but did not support him, so they took away his passport. On April 15, Alebbini contacted the FBI to ask if he was able to travel overseas. After discussing his desires, the source with FBI approval gave both Alebbini and his female partner $1,500 to purchase tickets from Cincinnati to Chicago then on to Turkey and Jordan, according to court documents.