North Carolina man pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State

October 31, 2014 09:38

A North Carolina man accused of seeking to join Islamic State insurgents fighting in Syria pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempting to provide material support to the group.

Donald Ray Morgan, 44, admitted that he tried between January and August to aid the efforts of the militants, according to US prosecutors in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Western countries say many of their citizens have traveled to Syria to fight on behalf of Islamic State, which has captured sections of Iraq and Syria. The group has released videos showing the beheadings of Western hostages.

Prosecutors said Morgan left North Carolina for Lebanon earlier this year and tried unsuccessfully in May to travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants.

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