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Bond denied to MSU couple accused of trying to join ISIS

Young attended Mississippi State and wanted to become a doctor. During the hearing, authorities say she apparently offered to serve ISIS as a medic.Source: Vicksburg Post Young attended Mississippi State and wanted to become a doctor. During the hearing, authorities say she apparently offered to serve ISIS as a medic.Source: Vicksburg Post
Muhammed Dakhlalla. Source: WTVA Muhammed Dakhlalla. Source: WTVA
"Small towns' airports have poor funding and less educated staff, so it is easier to get through," Young is quoted in a conversation.Source: WVBG Facebook Page "Small towns' airports have poor funding and less educated staff, so it is easier to get through," Young is quoted in a conversation.Source: WVBG Facebook Page
COLUMBUS, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Neighbors of a Vicksburg family, whose daughter is accused of planning to fly overseas with her new husband to join ISIS, say that her father has a history in military and law enforcement.

They say that 20-year-old Jaelyn Young's father served tours of duty in Iraq & Afghanistan and is also a Vicksburg Police Department K-9 officer. A police SUV and another car with Mississippi State tag and decal can be seen in driveway of the home.

The Vicksburg Police Department has identified him as Officer Leonce Young, who, they say ,is a respected 17-year veteran of the department. They also say that he served in the military for 21 years and completed 14 deployments. 

They say that Officer Young served the United States of America and the City of Vicksburg with integrity and honor.

"The family is devastated and it is our understanding had no knowledge of or involvement in Jaelyn’s plans," the Vicksburg Police Department said in a statement sent out on Tuesday. "We understand that the Young’s love their daughter and have supported her educational career and will stand by her through the legal process. At this time the Young family is going through an extremely difficult time and we would like to keep them in our thoughts and prayers."

Bond was denied for Young, and her 22-year-old husband Muhammad Dakhlalla, who appeared in the courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander, of the Northern District of Mississippi, on Tuesday morning in Oxford. 

Judge Alexander said that although neither of them have ever been in trouble with the law and have family members willing to oversee their home confinement, she still feared that both would attempt to commit acts of terrorism.

Both are in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.

According to the Vicksburg Post, Young is a former honor student and homecoming maid at her high school in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Both were students at Mississippi State University. Dakhlalla graduated with a psychology degree in May and Young was a sophomore chemistry major. 

They have been under federal investigation since May when Young posted several tweets about wanting to join ISIS.

Undercover FBI agents contacted the couple through social media. They said Young went into detail about wanting to be a medic for ISIS.  Dakhalla planned to use his computer science background to help recruit for the terror group.

The federal affidavit goes on to say Young admitted to being the leader in the plan to join ISIS. She told investigators she became interested after converting to Islam in April 2015.

The criminal complaint details how the couple planned to fly to Istanbul so they could enter Syria and join ISIS.

The couple arrived at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport on Saturday with plans to fly through Atlanta and Amsterdam before arriving in Istanbul. 

Golden Triangle Airport Executive Director Mike Hainsey confirmed to the Vicksburg Post that the incident took place around 6:30 Saturday morning. He says it is the first time in his career at the airport someone was detained by the FBI.

Shortly after their arrests, both Dakhlalla and Young confessed to attempting to fly overseas to join the terror group.

An attorney representing the family of Dakhlalla told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the family is "absolutely stunned" by the arrest.

The attorney, Dennis Harmon, said that the family has been cooperating with the FBI.

Harmon says the man's father, Oda H. Dakhlalla, is imam of the Islamic Center of Mississippi in Starkville. He says Dakhlalla is the youngest of three sons and was preparing to start grad school at MSU.

Harmon told the AP that the FBI searched the home over the weekend and that the family "did not expect this at all."

The charge in the complaint carries a maximum of potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The case is being investigated by the FBI Jackson’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Read the government's Criminal Complaint here.

The full statement on the case by the U.S. Department of Justice is here

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