A helicopter flies off the coast of San Diego, California March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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A federal judge Monday sentenced a Syrian-American man living in San Diego to eight years in prison for lying to U.S. officials when questioned about knowing a member of ISIS and for participating in combat against the Syrian government.Mohamad Saeed Kodaimati, 25, appeared in federal court in San Diego where he was given the maximum sentence for making false statements involving international terrorism.Kodaimati later pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement involving international terrorism.Kodaimati was born in Syria and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in September 2008 . He left San Diego in December 2012 and traveled to Turkey and Syria until his return to the United States in 2015 .
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