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An ISIS militant waves the group’s flag in Raqqa, Syria, in June 2014. (Reuters)

Tel Aviv – Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Nazera District Police have arrested an Israeli of Russian origin on suspicion of attempting to join ISIS in Syria.

Valentine Vladimir Mazlovsky, 39, was arrested early in February at Ben Gurion Airport after security officials obtained intelligence information that he was planning to travel to Syria through Turkey.

During the investigation, authorities said that Mazlovsky had ideologically supported ISIS and bought a one-way ticket to Turkey with the intention of crossing into Syria to join the ranks of the terrorist group.

He admitted he wanted to join ISIS in Egypt’s Sinai Desert or inside Syria to fight the “kuffar.”

Under interrogation, Mazlovsky confessed to seeking to join ISIS.

Mazlovsky immigrated to Israel from Belarus in 1996 and converted to Islam in 2000. During his mandatory military service, he met his wife, from Shibli, with whom he has five children.

According to the Shin Bet, Mazlovsky had also communicated with ISIS supporters online and had shared his intention to leave to Syria with them in order to coordinate his arrival in the country.

Police said that Mazlovsky made contact with a man who went by the name of Abu Abdullah. Yet, the supposed plan wasn’t executed because Abu Abdullah no longer contacted Mazlovsky.

In a final attempt, an ISIS recruiter told him to fly to Turkey, where he would receive approval to join ISIS.

Mazlovsky then allegedly bought a one-way ticket to Turkey from a travel office in the Arab village of Daburiya, near Nazera, and equipped himself with $1,000, where he was arrested.