Two central Texas man, including one from the decidedly middle class Austin suburb of Round Rock, were arrested today on charges that they conspired to provide material support to Islamic jihadists in Syria, 1200 WOAI news reports.
One of the men, MIchael Wolfe, 23, also known as 'Farouq,' is accused of using his federal income tax return to buy a plane ticket to the Middle East. Wolfe was arrested at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
In an affidavit which sounds like something out of 'The Gang That couldn't Shoot Straight," Wolfe complains to an undercover informant that he needs new glasses because he might shoot a fellow Mujahedeen by mistake in Syria, and fret about what he is going to do with his two young children when he is off crusading for Allah.
Wolfe is also worried about the infighting among the Islamic fighters in Syria and whether that might affect his plans to join the holy war.
The informant quotes Wolfe's wife as saying "his heart yearns to go be with his brothers, protect them and fight with them and everything. He just wants to hop into Syria, he is ready to die for his religion. He is ready to die for something, for anything."
There is nothing in the documents to indicate that Wolfe had ever been in any sort of conflict or had any idea what he would be getting into in Syria.
The other man. University of Texas student Rahatul Khan, is charged with 'conspiring with others to recruit persons to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad.'
Both man are held without bond and face a court appearance in Austin on Friday.