Joshua Ray Van Haften, Wisconsin Man, Arrested for Helping ISIS

April 9, 2015 Updated: August 1, 2015

A Madison, Wisconsin, man was arrested for trying to provide material support to ISIS.

The suspect was identified as 34-year-old Joshua Ray Van Haften, according to the Department of Justice on Thursday.

“Van Haften traveled overseas for the alleged purpose of joining and attempting to provide material support to ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin in a DOJ statement. “Stemming the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria and holding accountable those who attempt to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations remains a top priority for the National Security Division. I would like to thank all the agents, analysts and prosecutors who are responsible for this case.”

The complaint alleges that he traveled from the U.S. to Istanbul, Turkey, in an attempt to enter Syria to join ISIS, known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate, arrest, and vigorously prosecute all extremists who choose to aid ISIL, or any other terrorist organization, and to stop them before they harm the United States or our allies,” said U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil. “We also remain committed to working with dedicated community members to bring this cycle to an end.”

He was arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Wednesday night after his arrival in custody on an international flight from Turkey.

He could face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison if convicted.

The Department of Homeland Security said this week there’s at least 40 Americans who’ve fought for ISIS overseas are now are back in the U.S., according to Town Hall.

Last week, two Queens women were arrested for trying to carry out a bomb plot on behalf of ISIS.

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