HOUSTON – An Iraqi refugee who had settled in Texas has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to help the Islamic State group.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan appeared at a court hearing Wednesday.
Al Hardan, who came to Houston from Iraq in 2009, was indicted last week on three charges, including attempting to provide support to a designated terrorist organization.
The 24-year-old Al Hardan pleaded not guilty to all three.
Prosecutors allege Al Hardan was coordinating efforts with another Iraqi refugee living in California to get weapons training and eventually sneak into Syria to fight alongside the terrorist group.
Al Hardan's brother has said his sibling has denied any wrongdoing.