According to prosecutors, Abdelhamid al-Madioum was vacationing in Morocco in 2015 with his family when he secretly flew to Istanbul and then traveled to Syria. He is accused of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Al-Madiyum, a native of Morocco and a US citizen, was 18 when he left for Syria. During his family’s 2-month vacation in Syria, he said he did not feel well before dinner and that the next day, he left, leaving only his cellphone and passport behind.
according to this A search warrant obtained by the Associated Press, Investigators found a handwritten note in his home detailing how he could make money through various accounts and rehearse backstories. Al-Madioum was allegedly recruited by ISIS through publicity on Twitter.
According to the indictment, from March 15, 2019 to July 8, 2015, al-Madiyum provided material assistance and resources to ISIS, including personnel and services.
Al-Madioum was detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along with other ISIS fighters and was then remanded to FBI custody.