Iraqi-born man in Texas held on terrorism counts

Posted at 1:31 PM, Jan 08, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has ordered an Iraqi-born Palestinian living in Texas to be held without bond as he faces charges of trying to provide support to the Islamic State group.

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan appeared Friday before a federal magistrate in Houston.

The 24-year-old Al Hardan, who speaks Arabic and used an interpreter in court, said he lives in a Houston-area apartment, is married and has a child. Al Hardan said he earns about $1,800 per month. He did not say his occupation.

Judge Mary Milloy appointed attorney David Adler to represent Al Hardan, a refugee whose arrest was announced Thursday. He was indicted Wednesday on three counts of trying to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Al Hardan told the judge that he understands the indictment and the charges.

Prosecutors want bond denied for Al Hardan.