US man charged with trying to join ISIS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A California man who tried to travel to Syria last year has been charged with attempting to join the so-called ISIS militant group, US prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Adam Dandach, 21 - also known as Fadi Fadi Dandach - was charged with trying to provide support to a foreign terrorist group and making a false passport application statement to facilitate terrorism, they said.

He was also indicted on one count of obstruction of justice for attempting to destroy records after his arrest last July. If convicted of all the charges, Dandach could face up to 25 years in prison.

When arrested, Dandach told FBI agents that he was travelling to Syria "for the purpose of pledging his alliance and assistance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS," according to court documents.

He added that "he believed the killings of American soldiers are justified," they said.

Dandach, who was arrested as he tried to board a plane bound for Turkey from a California airport on July 3 last year, is due to appear in court to be arraigned on March 16.