A MUSLIM in New Jersey has been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State terrorists, the fifth such arrest of a tri-state area resident this month. Alaa Saadeh, 23, of West New York, N.J., was taken into custody Monday morning at his home, the FBI said.
ABC 7 A Hudson County MUSLIM man was arrested at his home Monday morning for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS), U.S.
Alaa Saadeh, 23, a MUSLIM from West New York (in New Jersey), is charged by complaint with conspiring with other MUSLIM individuals in New Jersey and New York to provide services and personnel to Islamic terrorist group ISIS, aiding and abetting an attempt to provide services and personnel to ISIS, and attempting to persuade a MUSLIM witness to lie to the FBI.
According to documents filed in the case, the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) have been investigating a group of MUSLIM individuals from New York and New Jersey who have allegedly conspired to provide material support to ISIS.
MUSLIM Conspirator 1 (CC-1) lived in Rutherford until leaving the country on May 5, 2015, allegedly to join ISIS. MUSLIM Conspirator 2 (CC-2) is a Queens resident until he was arrested in New York on June 13, 2015, on terrorism charges. MUSLIM Samuel Rahamin Topaz was a Fort Lee resident until he was arrested in New Jersey on June 17, 2015, and charged with conspiring to provide services and personnel to ISIS.
Authorities say when CC-1 attempted to travel to the Middle East via John F. Kennedy International Airport, allegedly in order to join ISIS, he was accompanied by Saadeh and CC-2. On the way to the airport, CC-1 allegedly stated that he, Saadeh, CC-2, and Topaz had plans to reunite overseas within a few weeks.
After CC-1’s departure, and despite learning from CC-1’s family that he had been arrested in Jordan on suspicion of supporting ISIS, Saadeh, CC-2, and Topaz allegedly continued to discuss their plan to travel overseas to join ISIS.
Electronic communications later recovered from Topaz’s phone corroborated their plans. On May 21, 2015, prosecutors say MSULIMS Saadeh and Topaz discussed the need to “lay low” and refrain from taking action in furtherance of the conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS that might be detected by law enforcement.
MUSLIMS Saadeh and Topaz also allegedly discussed needing to meet in person to discuss “hijra,” which Topaz later told members of the JTTF that referred to traveling overseas to join ISIS. The next day, Saadeh allegedly told another individual that he suspected that CC-2 or Topaz had “snitched” on CC-1 and caused his arrest overseas, and, if that was true, Saadeh thought he would have to “kill someone.”
In recorded conversations with an informant, MUSLIM Saadeh revealed his support for ISIS, including its use of beheadings and mass killings to impose its violent agenda. He said he planned to travel overseas with CC-2 at some point. Saadeh allegedly said he knew CC-1 planned to travel to join ISIS before CC-1 departed the United States, and that he bought CC-1’s airline ticket despite knowing this.
The investigation also revealed thatMUSLIM Saadeh provided CC-1 transportation and removed a SIM card from CC-1’s phone in an apparent effort to hide incriminating communications and other data.
In June, after becoming aware that he was under FBI surveillance, MUSLIM Saadeh allegedly directed a MUSLIM individual in New Jersey not to tell the FBI about CC-1’s support for ISIS or CC-1’s plans to travel to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS. MUSLIM Saadeh instructed the individual to “play dumb” and be “honest up to a point,” but to be sure not to tell the FBI anything about ISIS.