Update, 3:00 pm:
Officials say 23-year-old Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab of Sacramento is enrolled as a community college computer science major. American River College spokesman Scott Crow said Friday that the Iraqi-born refugee has attended the college since last fall.
Al-Jayab makes his first court appearance Friday on a charge of lying to investigators about traveling to Syria to join the civil war there in late 2014 and early 2015. If convicted he could face up to eight years in federal prison.
SACRAMENTO -- An Iraqi-born man living in Sacramento encouraged a fellow Iraqi refugee in Texas to join the civil war against the Syrian government and promised to teach him how to fight, federal authorities said Friday, a day after terrorism charges against the two men were revealed.
A criminal complaint filed against 23-year-old Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab of Sacramento details the social media communication he had with 24-year-old Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan of Houston. Al Hardan is the person identified as "Individual I" in the complaint, according to Lauren Horwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Sacramento.
"O God, grant us martyrdom for your sake while engaged in fighting and not retreating; a martyrdom that would make you satisfied with us," Al-Jayab wrote to Al Hardan in April 2013.