American Arrested, Accused of Plot to Join al-Qaeda
Nicholas Teausant planned flight to Syria, officials say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 17, 2014 5:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – Federal prosecutors say a 20-year-old California man has been arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with trying to provide support to al-Qaeda's efforts in Syria. The Justice Department said today that Nicholas Teausant, of Acampo, Calif., was planning to travel to Canada before proceeding to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization. The CBC reports that Teausant wanted to join the Free Syrian Army to battle President Bashar al-Assad's army in Syria's ongoing civil war.

"I'm going to be a commander and I'm going to be on the front of every single newspaper in the country," Teausant said. "Like I want my face on FBI's top 12 most wanted. Because that means I'm doing something right." Teausant was charged in a criminal complaint filed in Sacramento with a single count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. It wasn't immediately clear if he has a lawyer. He was due to appear in federal court in Seattle this afternoon.

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Over the Road Steve
Mar 18, 2014 3:53 PM CDT
you know, the kid wasn't looking to join al Qaeda to kill American troops or learn how to set off a bomb in Times Square. he wanted to fight in Syria against Assad. is this really terrorism as we understand it? the US government, with bipartisan support, has called for the overthrow of Assad. it can be said that this kid was merely supporting American policy.
Mar 18, 2014 9:35 AM CDT
About time we saved a drone strike.
Mar 18, 2014 1:34 AM CDT
Thank you Federal prosecutors for arresting a CA man near the Canadian boarder in WA state trying to give money to al-qaeda efforts in Syria. That was a close one.