U.S. reservist arrested after allegedly trying to enter Canada on his way to Syria to join Al-Qaeda-linked group
A U.S. National Guard reservist has been arrested on a Greyhound bus as he was trying to cross into Canada with the alleged intention of travelling to Syria to join an armed faction linked to Al-Qaeda.Nicholas Teausant, 20, was taken into custody at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday by U.S. Customs agents in Blaine, Wash. The California resident was allegedly on his way to Vancouver International airport.According to the FBI, he had repeatedly expressed his desire to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, or ISIS, an extremist group fighting to overthrown Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.I want to go fight in Syria
“I want to go fight in Syria,” he had allegedly written on an Internet post last July, under the username AssadTheLion. He allegedly told the same to an undercover police informant.
But while he had allegedly offered to train fighters in Syria, he had never attended basic training himself and was being kicked out of the reserves for failing to meet academic requirements.
The Muslim convert allegedly told the informant he would kill his mother if she tried to stop him. “I love her, but she’s still a kuffar [infidel or non-believer],” according to an FBI affidavit.