Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Terrorism Charge

Rahatul Ashikim Khan (left), and Michael Todd Wolfe (Jail photos)

AUSTIN (June 27, 2014) Michael Todd Wolfe, 23, of Austin, who was arrested 10 days ago at George H.W. Bush International Airport in Houston where he was about to board a flight to Europe, has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Wolfe was accused of seeking to join an al-Qaeda splinter group leading militants in Iraq.

He planned to travel to the Middle East in order “to provide his services to radical groups engaged in armed conflict, in Syria,” prosecutors said.

He could be sentenced to as much as 15 years in prison.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 23, of Round Rock, who attends the University of Texas, was also arrested in the investigation.

He was indicted for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Khan, who was arrested at his home in Round Rock, is accused of conspiring with others from March 2011 to January 2012 to recruit people to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including violent jihad, prosecutors said.

The indictments were the result of an investigation involving a number of federal, state and local agencies including U.S. Army Intelligence and the Killeen Police Department.

“This case is the culmination of a long-term investigation by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force made up of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Central Texas. It’s a textbook example of how well law enforcement agencies in this area work together,” United States Attorney Robert Pitman said.