Refugee from Iraq sentenced to 16 years by Houston court

File - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, left, is escorted by U.S. Marshals from the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse, in Houston. Al Hardan, who came to Houston from Iraq in 2009 is set to be arraigned Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2015, and have a bond hearing after his arrest on charges he tried to help the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Bob Levey, File)

Vastavam web: A refugee from Iraq was sentenced by a Houston court to 16 years in prison for seeking to join Islamic State and learn bomb-making skills.Omar Faraj Saeed al-Hardan, a 25-year-old of Palestinian origin who was born in Iraq and lived in refugee camps in Iraq and Jordan, was accepted into the United States in 2009.The next year, he discussed with an FBI informant his hopes of traveling to fight with the Islamic State group and a desire to be trained in making detonators for improvised explosive devices.

He and the FBI informant also practiced shooting with an AK-47, and Hardan posted statements in support of Islamic State online, according to the Justice Department.The next year, he discussed with an FBI informant his hopes of traveling to fight with the Islamic State group and a desire to be trained in making detonators for improvised explosive devices.He and the FBI informant also practiced shooting with an AK-47, and Hardan posted statements in support of Islamic State online, according to the Justice Department.

Nicholas Young, 37, had tried to help another man join up with IS, only to find that the other man was an undercover FBI informant.Oddly, Young was also called a neo-Nazi by prosecutors, while his lawyers defended him as simply someone with quirky hobbies.