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updated: 4/22/2013 4:29 PM

Father defends Aurora teen accused of terrorism

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The father of an Aurora teenager accused by federal authorities of trying to joining a terrorist group in Syria says he doesn't believe his son would ever do anything violent.

Ahmad Tounisi told the Chicago Sun-Times that his 18-year-old son, Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, had talked about going to Tunisia, Egypt and Syria to help oppressed people there, but that he doesn't think his son would ever do what the federal authorities allege.

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The FBI said the Aurora teenager was arrested Friday night as he tried to board a flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Turkey, which borders Syria. He was snared in an Internet sting after contacting a sham website set up by the FBI.

The teenager is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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