Minnesota woman charged with stealing passport to travel to Syria

A Minnesota woman is charged in federal court with stealing a passport so she could travel to Syria.

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday that 20-year-old Yusra Ismail of St. Paul is charged with stealing and misusing a passport.

According to the complaint, Ismail visited a friend on Aug. 18, asked to see her passport and surreptitiously took it.

Three days later, Ismail asked another friend to drive her to the Twin Cities airport, where she flew to Amsterdam and later traveled to Oslo, Norway. On Aug. 24, she contacted members of her family and told them she was in "Sham," the area within Syria and Iraq where Islamic State militants are trying to establish a caliphate.

Authorities say there is no evidence that Ismail has returned to the U.S.

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