An Air Force veteran who was arrested January 16 and charged with attempts to join ISIS has pleaded not guilty to terror charges.
The 47 year old man, Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, of Asbury Park, N.J., was arrested slightly before he could manage to join the group in Syria.
The man had previously served at least four years in the Air Force as a mechanic before working for several companies, including in the Middle East and had undergone special training in weapons systems.
His attempt to join the extremists would only explain the group’s need for an expert who would join them in attacking other nations.
The veteran who was stopped at the Turkey border by authorities was found with communication evidence to his wife, explaining to her why he wanted to join the Islamist group. In his communication, police report that the man said he would use his skills to defend the Islamic State.