Dayton man accused of trying to join ISIS pleads not guilty

Laith Waleed Alebbini mugshot/Montgomery County Jail

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton man accused of trying to join ISIS pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday afternoon.

A grand jury indicted Laith Waleed Alebbini, 26, on one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS. Alebbini is accused of trying to provide support, in the form of himself, to the foreign terrorist organization.

Alebbini was arrested April 26 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The FBI reportedly found out about Alebbini’s alleged plans three days before he tried to leave the country to join ISIS fighters.

He has been in Montgomery County Jail since his arrest.

If convicted, Alebbini could face up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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