U.S. authorities said two people with ties to the ISIS group are due in court Friday in California and Texas, including a refugee from Syria who lied about his travels there.
The arrests come amid heightened security in the U.S. following last month’s assault by a radicalized Muslim couple in California that left 14 people dead and the November terror attacks in Paris.
There is also growing pressure for more scrutiny of refugees from war-ravaged Syria, amid terror fears.
Aws Mohammed Younis al-Jayab, an Iraq-born Palestinian arrested Thursday who came to the U.S. from Syria as a refugee in 2012, traveled to Syria the following year where he fought with various terror groups, according to a criminal complaint.
One of those groups was Al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Islam (Partisans of Islam), which once operated in both Iraq and Syria.