California man arrested near U.S.-Canada border on terror charge

OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an Islamist militant group was arrested on Monday near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, federal officials said.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that 20-year-old Nicholas Teausant had planned to cross into Canada and travel on to Syria to join an al Qaeda-linked militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Teausant, who was arrested near the border in Blaine, Washington, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Seattle on Monday afternoon.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and James Dalgleish)