- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago youth accused of seeking to join Islamic State militants in Syria is due in court for a pre-trial hearing.

The presiding federal judge could set a trial date for Mohammed Hamzah Khan during Thursday’s hearing in Chicago.

Agents arrested the 19-year-old at O’Hare International Airport last year as he tried to board a flight with his younger brother and sister. Prosecutors have said the Bolingbrook teen’s siblings also intended to join Islamic State. They weren’t charged.

Khan has denied attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Defense attorney Thomas Durkin has said Khan isn’t a threat and the irrationality Khan displayed about Islamic State is a feature of his age group.

Khan allegedly expressed disgust with Western society before he attempted to travel to the Middle East.

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