Blind, deaf Jordanian man caught trying to join Daesh in Syria

Published April 19th, 2016 - 12:00 GMT
A blind and deaf man from Ramtha was reportedly caught in Turkey trying to join Daesh in Syria. (AFP Photo/Rami Al-Sayed)
A blind and deaf man from Ramtha was reportedly caught in Turkey trying to join Daesh in Syria. (AFP Photo/Rami Al-Sayed)

A blind and deaf man from Jordan was charged Tuesday with trying to join Daesh in Syria, according to a report by the Arabic-language news site Khaberni. 

The 20-year-old man, who is from the town of Ramtha in northern Jordan, was caught in Turkey as he planned to cross the border into Syria to join Daesh, the militant group also known as ISIS, reported the Jordanian website Khaberni. 

"When he was found helpless there [in Turkey] they returned him back to Jordan," reported Khaberni, citing the man's lawyer, Musa Al Abdallat, as the source of its information. 

The blind man was charged Tuesday by Jordan's State Security Court with trying to join a terror group, Abdallat said. 

Between 2,000 and 2,500 Jordanians have gone to fight with Daesh in Syria and Iraq, according to data published in March by the Soufan Group, a security firm in New York. Only Tunisia and Saudi Arabia have seen more of their citizens join the “caliphate.”

The militant Sunni group has attracted all manner of new recruits, from famous singers to US army veterans to teenagers as young as 13-years-old

--HS 


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