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Chicago teenager arrested for trying to join ISIS

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A 19-year-old Chicago man was arrested and accused of fleeing to the country to join ISIS. A 19-year-old Chicago man was arrested and accused of fleeing to the country to join ISIS.
CHICAGO, Illinois -

A 19-year-old Chicago man is under arrest after being accused of trying to join ISIS. 

Mohammed Hamzah Khan was arrested as he prepared to board a plane to Istanbul on Saturday. He is the latest American accused of trying to join ISIS. 

According to a federal criminal complaint, Khan's residence was searched following his arrest and authorities found documents that "expressed support for ISIL," along with letters of disgust with western society, describing it as "filth." 

Federal investigators also said they found a three page letter to his parents saying he was "on his way to Syria" to join ISIS.

"First and foremost, please make sure not to tell the authorities," the letter said, according to the complaint. It would appear however that's exactly what they did as he was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare Airport trying to board a plane to Turkey.

Already in Syria  now is another American and a hostage ISIS is threatening to kill: Peter Kassig. Kassig is a former soldier who went to Syria to help victims of war, converted to Islam and changed his name to Abdul Rahman Kassig. Kassig's parents are making a plea for his release.

"We implore those who are holding you to show mercy and use their power to let you go," Kassig's mother said.

ISIS however, doesn't appear to be showing any mercy as they look to escalate the conflict and draw in other nations, especially Turkey. This week, ISIS militants stormed into the Syrian city of Kobani, so close to the Turkish border that when they raised their black flag, Turkish troops could see it. Kobani appears to be falling, which is a big victory for ISIS and an enormous problem for Syria and the region. 

Meanwhile, with ISIS so close, Turkey is trying to reinforce the border by sending more tanks and troops, however they have not crossed into Syria. Protestors have been rioting in Turkey, saying the country did not do enough to defend Kobani.

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