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California man arrested on way to Syria to join militant group

A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an Islamist militant group was arrested on Monday near the US-Canada border in Washington state on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, federal officials said.

The US Department of Justice said in a statement that 20-year-old Nicholas Teausant had planned to cross into Canada and travel on to Syria to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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