Illinois Teen Pleads Not Guilty To Terrorism Charge

Suburban Chicago teenager accused of trying to to join an al-Qaida-linked group

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    Aurora terror suspect Abdella Tounisi was back in court today. NBC 5's Anthony Ponce reports.

    A suburban Chicago teenager pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge he sought to join an al-Qaida-linked group fighting Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.

    Abdella Ahmad Tounisi's attorney entered the plea Wednesday at a federal court in Chicago. The 18-year-old Tounisi stood by her side in orange jail garb, his legs shackled.

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    Abdella Ahmad Tounisi appeared in a Chicago federal court Tuesday wearing orange prison scrubs and showing no emotion. A judge granted Tounisi's attorney a continuance to May 2.

    A status hearing was scheduled for July 30 at federal court in Chicago.

    The FBI says it snared the 18-year-old in an online sting. Authorities arrested him last month at O'Hare International Airport as he allegedly prepared for the first leg of a trip to join Jabhat al-Nusrah.

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    Federal agents arrested 18 year old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Aurora Friday night at O'Hare Airport.The F.B.I alleges Tounisi was trying to travel to Syria to join a jihadist militant group.Tonight Tounisi's father spoke to NBC 5's Michelle Relerford in an exclusive interview.

    Early this month, one federal judge agreed to release the Aurora teen to home confinement pending trial. But another judge reversed that ruling, saying Tounisi posed a threat to the community.

    He's charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, he faces a maximum 23-year prison term.