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Next Steps In Texas Terror Charges Investigation

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 03:57 PM CDT
Two Texas men are now facing charges for allegedly trying to help terrorists. FBI agents raided the Round Rock home of Michael Todd Wolfe, 23, and arrested him. They also arrested UT student Rahatual Ashikim Khan. Authorities say Kahn referred to himself in internet chat rooms as a Jihadi. Records show Wolfe planned to travel to the Middle East to provide his service to radical groups in Syria.

Both Wolfe and Khan are accused of providing material support to terrorists. They each face up to 15 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine, if convicted. Both are in federal custody Thursday morning. Their first court hearing is set for Friday at 2:30 p.m.

So how did this all start and is anyone else involved? One expert says arrests like these are usually just the tip of the iceberg. Investigators are busy digging into any and everything they can find out about these two men and any other suspects: their travel patterns, who they've been emailing and interacting with on social media, all of their friends they may be associated with. One top intelligence expert tells us terrorists now are going after big events like the several Austin holds throughout the year, and he says following every lead in a case like this is crucial.

"Terrorism cases today are very, very complex," said Fred Burton, VP of Intelligence at Stratfor. "They never operate within a vacuum and they usually spin off into other kinds of investigations. And who knows, we might see other arrests here in Austin."

Burton says the FBI often will send leads to the CIA and other legal offices around the world to look for other suspects.
    Next Steps In Texas Terror Charges Investigation


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