- Associated Press - Thursday, December 13, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A judge has appointed a classified information security officer in the case of an Ohio man accused of trying to fly overseas to train with an Islamic State-affiliated group.

Defendant Naser Almadaoji (NAH’-ser ahl-mah-DOW’-jee) pleaded not guilty Nov. 8 to a federal charge of attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

The government has accused the Iraqi-born U.S. citizen of arranging to move through Kazakhstan to Afghanistan, where he intended to train with a group called ISIS Wilayat Khorasan (wihl-eye-AHT’ KOH’-rah-sahn).

Federal Judge Walter Rice on Wednesday appointed the officer, a frequent occurrence in terrorism-related cases. Rice also set the trial for Sept. 16, 2019.

The government has said Almadaoji unsuccessfully tried to join a terrorist group after traveling to Egypt and Jordan in February.

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