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FBI Arrest Two ISIS Recruits Near L.A. on Terrorism Charges: Sources

by Andrew Blankstein /  / Updated 

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The FBI arrested two men in Southern California, including one at Los Angeles International Airport, on suspicion of terrorism related charges, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

The men are suspected of planning to travel abroad to join ISIS, sources said. They were identified Friday as Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24 and from Anaheim, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Thom Mrozek told NBC Los Angeles. One man was arrested at LAX, the other in Orange County.

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There was never any local public safety threat and both were apprehended unarmed, sources told NBC news.

The FBI, in connection with the joint terrorism task force, also served at least two search warrants in connection with the case.

Like a number of recent cases, the sources said the unarmed suspects fit a pattern of individuals who have been recruited by ISIS as foreign fighters, particularly through social media propaganda.

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