Feds Say Jaelyn D. Young And Fiancé Tried To Join ISIS; Young’s Facebook Profile Shows A Fascination With Muslim Extremism
The Mississippi college student the feds believe planned to run away with her fiancé to join ISIS appears to have radical views online, BOSSIP has learned.
The FBI arrested Jaelyn D. Young, 20, and her fiancé, Muhammad Dakhlalla, 22, Aug. 8 at a Columbus, Miss. airport. The feds believe the couple planned to fly to Turkey, and then head to Syria to marry and then join the so-called Islamic State. Young and Dakhlalla were charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq.
A judge Tuesday ordered the pair held without bail.
Young’s Facebook page shows a woman who abruptly shifted her online profile from that of an unremarkable chemistry major at Mississippi State University to a hardline Muslim stance.
In less than two years, Young’s Facebook profile shows she went from liking a Vicksburg-area ice cream parlor, robotics championships and Mississippi State football to fundamentalist Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi, apps that teach users to recite the Quran and Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick, a controversial Muslim cleric who railed against Jews and called for gays to be put to death.
The teen also “liked” the “Diary of a Muhajira,” a blog that encourages women to abandon their lives in the West and to head to Syria to marry and keep house for jihadi extremists.
In February, Young, who listed herself on Facebook as a Sunni Muslim from Vicksburg, changed her profile picture to three faceless people, two clad in hijabs. Last year, she changed her Facebook background to “Free Palestine,” written several times in a mural shaped like a heart.
A friend of Dakhalla told the Clarion Ledger that he’d only been with Young for a few months, so it’s unclear what role he may have played in her alleged radicalization.
Clarion Ledger, Facebook