Jacksonville Teen Faces Terrorism Charges

A 19-year-old from Jacksonville is being charged with conspiring and attempting to support terrorists.

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    A Jacksonville teen is facing federal charges after authorities say he traveled to the Middle East to train with terrorists.

    A Jacksonville teen is facing federal charges after authorities say he traveled to the Middle East to train with terrorists.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa announced Thursday that a grand jury has indicted 19-year-old Shelton Thomas Bell on charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He faces up to 15 years for each of the two charges.

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    Federal prosecutors say Bell had planned to travel to the Arabian Peninsula and join Ansar Al-Sharia, which is an alias for Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula. The group has taken responsibility for multiple attacks on Yemeni forces, including a suicide bombing during a parade in May 2012.

    Authorities say Bell and a juvenile traveled to Jordan and made contact with someone who could facilitate their travel to Yemen to participate in violent jihad.

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