New York: Muslim sentenced to 18 years for supporting ISIS

Source: [Muslim] Man gets 18 years in prison for Islamic State group aid plot

A man who admitted to scheming to help the Islamic State extremist group has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case that prosecutors say involved plotting a never-realized bombing in New York City.

Munther Omar Saleh was sentenced on Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. The 22-year-old pleaded guilty last year to charges that he planned to help the Islamic State group. As part of his guilty plea, Saleh admitted that he had sought to communicate with and support the group and assaulted a federal officer.

Prosecutors said he escorted a co-defendant to an airport for a planned trip to join the Islamic State group overseas (the co-defendant was arrested before he could join the group), researched how to build a pressure-cooker bomb and discussed potential landmarks as targets with an Islamic State recruiter.

“I’m in NY and trying to do an Op,” Saleh told a confidential source in an intercepted conversation, according to court papers.

Later, Saleh charged, while armed with a knife, at a federal officer who was watching him, prosecutors said.

“Saleh attempted to turn our city into a staging ground for violent attacks,” William Sweeney, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said in a statement. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said Saleh’s sentence would deter “those who contemplate waging violent jihad in New York City at the direction of a foreign terrorist organization.”

Saleh’s lawyer, Deborah Colson, said her client was relieved that the case was concluded.

“Mr. Saleh is sincerely remorseful, and he is committed to making amends,” she said in an email.

Saleh, an American citizen, was a college student when he was arrested in 2015. His case was linked to five other conspirators in New York and New Jersey. At least four of them also have pleaded guilty.

3 thoughts on “New York: Muslim sentenced to 18 years for supporting ISIS

  1. The Beard trimmed according to Islam and the prophet mo-ham-ed.
    Volume 7, Book 72, Number 780:
    Narrated Nafi’:
    Ibn Umar said, The Prophet said, ‘Do the opposite of what the pagans do. Keep the beards and cut the moustaches short.’
    A distinct look for sure. I seem to recall a facist leader in the 1940’s who had a fashionable moustache at the time. Something not seen much anymore?

    Volume 7, Book 72, Number 779:
    Narrated Abu Huraira :
    I heard the Prophet saying. “Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the moustaches short, clipping the nails, and depilating the hair of the armpits.”
    The young lad is only seeking perfection. One can only hope he feels the wrath of many large un-circumcised members in prison…but he probably likes it that way.
    Of course not all muslims, many are peaceful and do not follow the prophet and his wild and incoherent ramblings.
    PS. I hope no one uses this rhetoric against me.

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