New Jersey man admits conspiring to back Islamic State group

New Jersey man admits conspiring to back Islamic State group

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — A 20-year-old New Jersey man admitted to planning to travel to Syria so he could join the Islamic State group & to discussing homemade bombs that he would detonate in New York.

Nader Saadeh pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to conspiring with others to provide material support to ISIS. He remains detained without bail.

Saadeh is the last of three New Jersey defendants to admit guilt in the case, which came to light in August when he was arrested by the FBI.

p>He acknowledged a co-defendant showed him diagrams for making bombs & discussed plans to use them in Times Square, the World Trade Center & Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology in Queens.

He faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced March 18.

According to court documents & statements made in court, Saadeh admitted that before his arrest on Aug. 10, he planned to travel overseas to join ISIS. Saadeh discussed his plans to join ISIS with his brother, Alaa Saadeh, & Samuel Rahamin Topaz, Munther Omar Saleh, & Fareed Mumuni, & admitted that at various times each of them indicated that they wanted to join the terror group.

Saadeh moreover admitted that he & the other men watched videos that depicted the execution of individuals — both Muslim & non-Muslim —regarded by ISIS as enemies.

On Sept. 9 & Oct. 29, 2015, respectively, Topaz & Alaa Saadeh pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to the terror group. Saleh & Mumuni have been indicted on terrorism-related charges brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, & are awaiting trial. Their lawyers have previously said their clients are innocent.

Source: “Associated Press”