Travel agent: Man feds say sought to join IS ‘regular’ teen

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NEW YORK (AP) – The travel agent who sold a plane ticket to a New York man authorities have charged with seeking to join the Islamic State group in Syria says he appeared to be a “regular American teenager.”

Bahri Caliskan said Wednesday a bearded Akhror Saidakhmetov booked a $571 roundtrip ticket to Turkey on Feb. 19.

Federal agents arrested the 19-year-old Brooklyn man at Kennedy International Airport. Prosecutors have charged him and two other men with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

His attorney has called him a “young, innocent kid.”

Caliskan says he’s still shaking after learning of Saidakhmetov’s arrest. He says Saidakhmetov didn’t appear nervous and just asked for the cheapest ticket. 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. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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