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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida resident accused of traveling to Turkey and attempting to join the Islamic State group was indicted Tuesday on a terrorism charge.

A federal grand jury in Gainesville formally charged Mohamed Fathy Suliman, 33, a U.S. citizen, with attempting to provide material support for a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to court records.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

“Protecting national security is a top priority of this office,” Lawrence Keefe, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said in a statement. “We are absolutely committed to deterring, disrupting and dismantling the plans of anyone who seeks to support a designated foreign terrorist organization.”

According to the criminal complaint, Suliman booked a one-way flight in June 2014 from Orlando to Alexandria, Egypt, with stops in Chicago and Istanbul. Rather than traveling on to Egypt, Suliman paid cash for a one-way airline ticket to the Turkish/Syrian border, officials said. Suliman was arrested by Turkish authorities and accused of illegally crossing into Syria. He was eventually returned to the United States.

A search of Suliman’s emails revealed attachments that contained various audio files that consisted of messages calling for jihad, officials said.

Suliman’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment about the case.

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Elon Musk appears to have had second thoughts about his offer to chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Clubhouse. 

Last month, Musk tweeted at the Kremlin's Twitter account, asking if Putin would join him for a conversation on the popular audio app. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters at the time that "It's undoubtedly a very interesting offer, but we need to know what he means, what's he's proposing." 

—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 13, 2021

But it appears that Musk never responded to follow-up questions about the proposed chat, Bloomberg's Ilya Arkhipov and Andrey Biryukov reported on Tuesday. 

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"Apparently there was some kind of misunderstanding. Most likely, this matter is exhausted," Peskov told reporters, according to Bloomberg. 

Clubhouse is an invitation-only social media app that launched last year. The app relies on audio-based social networking where users can join dedicated rooms to discuss topics like business or sports. In recent weeks, Clubhouse has hosted high-profile users including Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Clubhouse has raised $110 million from investors including Andreeseen Horowitz and is now valued at around $1 billion. 

Musk has been active on Clubhouse, interviewing Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev in a bizarre and wide-ranging conversation following the GameStop stock saga last month. Thousands of people tuned in to see the discussion, which was hosted by a Clubhouse talk show called "The Good Time Show," which is formatted similarly to a live podcast. 

Musk also said last month that he and longtime friend Kanye West would participate in an interview on Clubhouse. A host from "The Good Time Show" later tweeted that the show was working on scheduling an upcoming interview with Musk and West. 

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