- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - An Iraqi man living in Michigan is charged with lying to federal officials about plans to train and fight with the Islamic State group in the Middle East.

A federal complaint says Al-Hamzah Mohammad Jawad was detained Tuesday by agents at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, where he was scheduled to fly to Jordan. Officials became concerned when he couldn’t explain why he had bought a one-way ticket a day earlier.

The complaint says Jawad told FBI agents he was connected with violent extremists in Iraq, but later said he made it up.

Jawad appeared Thursday afternoon in Detroit’s federal court. He’s expected to be arraigned Friday and appointed an attorney.

The 29-year-old Jawad came to the U.S. in 2013 as a refugee and lives in East Lansing.

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