St. Paul woman charged after allegedly stealing passport to travel to Syria


A St. Paul woman who is believed to have traveled to Syria using a stolen passport has been charged in federal court.

The Star Tribune reports that 20-year-old Yusra Ismail was at a friend's house on August 18 when she asked to see the friend's passport, before stealing it and boarding a plane to Amsterdam three days later.

From there, FOX9 says she traveled to Norway, and then on August 24 contacted her family to say she was in Sham – a term used to describe the area where the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is currently fighting to establish authority.

According to court documents, Ismail has been charged with one count of misusing a passport, but the news station says there is no record that she has returned from the Middle East.

The charge against the woman comes just over a week after two Twin Cities men were charged with conspiracy over their alleged attempts to aid terrorists in Syria.

Abdi Nur, 20, and Abdullahi Yusuf, were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic state, according a case brought by the United States Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger. Nur was also charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Yusef was stopped by FBI agents in May as he attempted to board a plane bound for Turkey at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He has since been released on bail into the care of his parents, who live in the St. Paul suburb of Inver Grove Heights, according to ABC News.

He is alleged to have left clues on Facebook about what he may have been planning, though these went unnoticed by his parents.

Nur boarded a flight to Turkey the day after Yusef was arrested and is believed to be in the Middle East.

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