2nd New York City Man Admits Seeking to Help Islamic State Group | NBC New York
I-Team InvestigationsTerror Threat in NYC
Jonathan Dienst Investigates

SEND TIPS866-NEWS244

2nd New York City Man Admits Seeking to Help Islamic State Group

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Staten Island Advance
    Fareed Mumuni, of Staten Island, on left; Munther Omar Saleh, of Queens, at right

    A New York City man who pleaded guilty Friday to terror charges was in contact with a recruiter for the Islamic State group who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Syria in 2015, according to a federal prosecutor.

    As part of his guilty plea in federal court in Brooklyn, Munther Omar Saleh admitted that he had sought to communicate with and support the group, "knowing that it was involved in terrorism."

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Solomon told the judge that there was evidence that before his arrest in June 2015, the 21-year-old Queens resident was taking instructions from Junaid Hussain, a convicted British hacker who fled to Syria and became one of the Islamic State's top online recruiters before his killing.

    Solomon described Hussain as an "attack facilitator," saying he encouraged Saleh and a co-defendant to use a pressure-cooker bomb for homegrown strike plot modeled after the Boston Marathon bombings.

    NYC Man Tried to Fly to Middle East, Tweeted With ISIS: Feds

    [NY] NYC Man Tried to Fly to Middle East, Tweeted With ISIS: Feds
    A New York man is facing terrorism charges after he allegedly tried multiple times to get on a plane to the Middle East to join ISIS and posted on Twitter that he was "ready to die for the Caliphate," according to federal authorities. Jonathan Dienst reports.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015)

    At the time of his arrest in 2015, Saleh's case was among several in the city and elsewhere involving young men and women allegedly radicalized by Islamic State propaganda. Most have been accused either of trying to travel abroad to fight with the group or of talking about attacks on U.S. soil on the group's behalf, but not getting far enough to put civilians at risk.

    Court papers said Saleh had described himself as a "full-fledged" member of the Islamic State. Electronic surveillance revealed that he had researched how to build a pressure-cooker bomb and looked up New York City landmarks and tourist attractions on the internet, the papers said.

    In one intercepted conversation, Saleh told a confidential source, "I'm in NY and trying to do an Op," the papers said.

    Saleh's co-defendant, Fareed Mumuni, of Staten Island, pleaded guilty to similar charges on Thursday. Both are to be sentenced on May 16.

    Staten Island Man, 21, Arrested in Alleged ISIS-Related Conspiracy, Knife Attack on FBI Agent: Court Papers

    [NY] Staten Island Man, 21, Arrested in Alleged ISIS-Related Conspiracy, Knife Attack on FBI Agent: Court Papers
    The FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested a 21-year-old Staten Island man who allegedly repeatedly tried to stab an FBI agent with a kitchen knife Wednesday as officers attempted to search his home in connection with an ongoing ISIS-related investigation involving a Queens college student arrested over the weekend, according to court documents. Jonathan Dienst has more.
    (Published Wednesday, June 17, 2015)

    Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android