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National Guard private nabbed attempting to join al-Qaeda in Syria

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An American soldier was nabbed attempting to cross the border into Canada on Sunday and planning to then to travel to Syria in order to join al-Qaeda's Syrian branch in their battle against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, according to federal law enforcement officials.

Nicholas Teausant, a private in the National Guard also allegedly spoke about wanting to perpetrate an attack against the Los Angeles subway system.

The 20-year-old Teausant, who resides in Acampo, Calif., was arrested on a bus in Blaine, Wash., headed for Canada, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento, Calif.

The federal prosecutors claim that Pvt. Teausant, who is also enrolled as a student at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, Calif., came to the attention of federal law enforcement agents, the Modesto Police Department and the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department who are members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) through his Internet social media postings.

The complaint also alleges that during a December 2013 telephone conversation Teausant told a confidential law enforcement source that he had discussed an attack on Los Angeles sometime during the New Year's holiday, specifically targeting the city's subway system.

If convicted, Teausant faces 15-year sentence in federal prison and a quarter-million dollar fine.

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