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Salisbury Man Faces Arraignment On Weapons Charge

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A Salisbury man facing arraignment on a federal weapons charge has said he wanted to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Donald Ray Morgan is to appear before a federal judge in Greensboro on Thursday morning on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon.

Morgan was arrested by the FBI in New York City Aug. 2 after he arrived on a flight from Germany.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported that Morgan’s lawyers have asked that he be released from jail. Government prosecutors have said Morgan poses a threat.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Morgan told them in Beirut earlier this summer that he wanted to join the Islamic State, the group that says it beheaded two American journalists this month.

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