US arrests New Jersey man on IS support charges

AFP , Monday 29 Jun 2015

US authorities arrested a 23-year-old New Jersey man Monday on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group after he helped his brother travel to the Middle East, allegedly to join the group.

The Justice Department said Alaa Saadeh bought his brother a plane ticket and drove him to New York's John F Kennedy Airport along with another person on May 5.

The brother, who was not identified, was arrested in Jordan on suspicion of supporting IS, which operates in Syria and Iraq, according to the Justice Department.

The Justice Department said the FBI and a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been investigating Saadeh, his brother and two other suspects as they allegedly conspired to travel overseas to join IS, also known as ISIL.

The other alleged co-conspirators were arrested earlier this month.

"In recorded conversations with an informant, Saadeh revealed his support for ISIL, including the terrorist organizations use of beheadings and mass killings to impose its violent agenda. Saadeh also stated that he planned to travel overseas with CC-2 'at some point,'" the Justice Department said, referring to an unnamed co-conspirator arrested June 13 in New York.

Saadeh was charged with conspiring to provide services and personnel to IS, aiding and abetting such attempts, and attempting to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI.

Each charge carries a maximum 20 years in prison.

The arrest was the latest in a string targeting IS sympathizers in the United States, often as a result of FBI sting operations.

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