Virginia man accused of joining the Islamic State in federal court

Jamal Khweis, who identified himself as the father of the 26-year-old man fighting with the Islamic State group who gave himself up to Iraqi Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday, and who said when he gave up that he is a Palestinian from the United States, reacts to the media, along with another man at left, outside his home in Alexandria, Va., Monday, March 14, 2016. The Virginia drivers license that Mohamad Jamal Khweis was carrying when he gave up listed the address in Alexandria where Jamal Khweis was speaking. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Jamal Khweis, who identified himself as the father of the 26-year-old man fighting with the Islamic State group who gave himself up to Iraqi Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday, and who said when he gave up that he is a Palestinian from the United States, reacts to the media, along with another man at left, outside his home in Alexandria, Va., Monday, March 14, 2016. The Virginia drivers license that Mohamad Jamal Khweis was carrying when he gave up listed the address in Alexandria where Jamal Khweis was speaking. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia man accused of joining the Islamic State group has been indicted on terror charges.

Mohamad Khweis of Alexandria is set to appear for an arraignment Friday morning in federal court. A grand jury earlier this week returned an indictment charging him with providing material support to the Islamic State group and other terrorism-related charges.

Prosecutors brought terrorism charges against Khweis earlier this year, saying he traveled to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State group. Khweis said he became disillusioned after a few months and surrendered to Kurdish forces.

At the time of his capture, U.S. authorities and even Khweis’ own family appeared to be caught off guard that he had left the U.S. to join the militant group.

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