May 13, 2015: FBI Employee 1 has online contact with an individual who expressed a desire to travel to Syria to support ISIS. Person also makes statements supporting ISIS.
May 21, 2015: FBI Employee 1 identifies Young through social media platforms as a supporter of ISIS.
May 25, 2015: Young’s Twitter page contains these messages: “@1_Modest_Woman $$$ for plane tickets”
May 29, 2015: FBI Employee 1 talked with Young through several social media platforms. Young says the Muslim family with whom she spends a great deal of time, and her local community as a whole, “many of the family members and members of the community do not support Dawlah not support Dawlah.” “Dawlah is correct,” Young said. Dawlah is ISIS’s preferred name for itself.
June 1, 2015: FBI Employee 1 introduces Young to FBI Employee 2 as a purported ISIS facilitator.
June 2, 2015: Young asks FBI Employee 2 what role Dakhlalla will play once they reach ISIS. Would he be “media or Mujahideen.”
June 3, 2015: FBI Employee 1 makes contact with Dakhlalla through social media. He confirms he is good with computers and asks what he can “contribute to Dawlah.”
June 6, 2015: Young and Dakhlalla are married.
June 9, 2015: FBI Employee 2 reassures Young about her travel concerns.
June 10, 2015: Dakhlalla confirms his marriage to Young to FBI Employee 1
June 13, 2015: Young tells FBI Employee 2 that she and Dakhlalla are going to pay to expedite issuance of their passports.
June 21, 2015: Dakhlalla to FBI Employee 1: “We can’t make any further movement until our passports come in. We got them expedited but until then we are stuck in a rut. In sha Allah we will make it to Dawlah before eid and if not then we will make sure to spend it with our families…since it will be our last with them. ”
June 25, 2015: Young complains to FBI Employee 2 about the amount of time it was taking to receive their passports.
June 26, 2015: Young and Dakhlalla apply for passports and pay to have them expedited. Bank accounts show Dakhlalla paid $340 around July 1 to have the passports expedited.
July 1, 2015: “When we make it to Istanbul, do we absolutely have to buy a sim card or can we contact you via a laptop,” asked Young.
July 8, 2015: Young to FBI Employee 2: “Our passports should be in by next weekend. We will just fly to Istanbul now since we just want to get to Dawlah…our hearts ache :( but we have little expenses remaining so can’t stay in Istanbul long Ukhti.”
July 12, 2015: Dakhlalla to FBI Employee 1: “I wanted to ask about the military experience there. Would I be with people that speak English as well or do they put me in with everyone as basic training? I am excited about coming to Dawlah, but I feel I won’t know what all I will be doing.”
July 13, 2015: Dakhlalla to FBI Employee 1: “I wish to be a mujahid akhi. I am willing to fight. I want to be taught what it really means to have that heart in battle!”
July 16, 2015: Young says she and Dakhlalla “are extremely furious :( and sad” because their passports are have not arrived.
July 17, 2015: Young references Chattanooga military shootings that killed one sailor and four Marines the day before: “What makes me feel bettee after just watching the news is that an akhi carried out an attack against US marines in TN!”
July 26–27, 2015: Young to FBI Employee 2: “The things going on in Turkey are reaching here. Are the borders still ‘open’? We have been hearing about Turkey’s actions as well as In sha Allah, Dawlah will begin to expand into Europe soon.”
July 30, 2015: Dakhlalla to FBI Employee 1 “We received our passports just recently. We will be making flight arrangements soon inshallah! Also sorry for replying so late but we have been planning and stressing and praying.”
July 31, 2015: Young: “We have applied for our visas and will have them soon and then we should be in Istanbul by next weekend. Ukhti, could you make sure the brother has a veil ready for me to wear? I feel ashamed to not wear one but I wouldn’t be able to leave as easily if at all.”
Aug. 1-3, 2015: Young says they have received their Turkish visas and they are preparing to make flight arrangements.
Aug. 4, 2015: Young points out potential vulnerabilities of small town airports in the U.S.
Aug. 7, 2015: Young and Dakhlalla purchase airline tickets for Delta Airlines Flight #5073 flying from Columbus, MS, with a final destination of Istanbul.
Aug. 8, 2015: Young and Dakhlalla are arrested at Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus. Both confess to attempting to travel to Turkey to join ISIS.