2 appear in NY court on charges they sought to join IS group

A Homeland Security police officer, left, joins a Federal Court policeman, right, as security is enhanced during the arraignment of two men on terrorism related charges, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in Brooklyn, N.Y. The men were arrested along with a third man Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)


NEW YORK (AP) — Two men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S. have appeared in federal court in Brooklyn.

Akhror Saidakhmetov and Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev were ordered held without bail Wednesday on charges of attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Their attorneys didn’t immediately comment on the charges.

Federal agents say 19-year-old Saidakhmetov was arrested after midnight at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul and then head to Syria. The 24-year-old Juraboev was arrested in Brooklyn.

A third suspect accused of supporting the plan appeared in federal court in Florida earlier Wednesday and was also held without bail.

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