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Mom: Son accused of trying to join terror group mentally ill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The mother of a Wisconsin man accused of trying to join the Islamic State group says he's a mentally ill loner who often makes boastful comments to try to win acceptance.

Federal prosecutors have charged 34-year-old Joshua Van Haften with trying to aid a terrorist group. He was arrested at O'Hare Airport in Chicago on Wednesday. He's accused of traveling to Turkey in a failed attempt to join the group in Syria.

His mother, 56-year-old Janice Van Haften, of Beloit, tells the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1EmYQUH ) he likes to make wild comments to draw attention to himself or to keep other people away.

And she says he never fully recovered from a serious brain injury he suffered when he was hit by a car when he was 15.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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