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    A resident of the US state of Georgia has admitted in the federal court on Wednesday he had tried to join the Islamic State terrorist group, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in a statement.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Davis was arrested at the Atlanta Hartfield Airport in October 2014 on a parole violation after he had bought a ticket to Turkey, according to the DOJ.

    “Leon Nathan Davis, 37, of Augusta, Georgia, pleaded guilty earlier today to an information charging him with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, specifically the Islamic State,” the statement read on Wednesday.

    If convicted, Davis faces up to 15 years in US federal prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine, the DOJ said.

    A sentencing hearing will be conducted after the US probation office conducts a presentence investigation, the department said.

    The ISIL militant group controls large parts of Iraq and Syria and is notorious for publishing numerous videos showing many human rights atrocities including beheadings of foreign hostages.

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