A never-ending supply of Muslims ready to disturb the peace. via Queens terror suspect arrested – Queens Chronicle: Central/Mid Queens News
“I’m ready to die for the Caliphate, prison is nothing,” he wrote on Twitter.
If the government has its way, he’ll eventually find out just what prison is like.
Queens resident Ali Saleh, 22, was arrested Thursday at his residence and charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.
Saleh was determined to travel to the Middle East and join the Islamic State, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, which is prosecuting the case.
A few days after his post about the Caliphate and prison, Saleh allegedly had a seat reserved on a flight from Kennedy Airport to Istanbul, the government’s announcement of his arrest says. He “was unable to travel at that time,” the document says, without elaboration. Then in July 2015, he allegedly reserved a seat on a flight from JFK to Cairo, and contacted a member of ISIS over Twitter. Airline personnel kept him from boarding the plane.
Over the next two days, Saleh allegedly visited Newark and Philadelphia International airports, but again was denied boarding, the government said. He then allegedly tried to take a train from Cleveland to Toronto so he could go to the Middle East from there. The arrest announcement did not say why he was unable to do that.
He allegedly told investigators that if he had not been arrested, he would have continued trying to get to the Mideast.
“Saleh was relentless in his attempts to travel to the Middle East to join a terrorist organization,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Kelly Currie said in the arrest announcement. “We will continue to track down and prosecute individuals like Saleh before they are able to harm the United States and its allies.”
The government did not say what part of Queens Saleh was living in and an FBI spokesman said the documents he has access to did not say. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he formerly lived in Jamaica but most recently was elsewhere in Queens, though she could not say exactly where.
The Islamic State has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, in a campaign marked by extreme barbarity — beheadings recorded on video and posted to social media, the burning alive and drowning of prisoners confined to cages and other mass executions — as well as the destruction of antiquities such as ancient Roman temples. It also calls for terror attacks against the United States, and its sympathizers have beheaded a woman in Oklahoma, murdered four U.S. Marines and one Navy sailor in Tennessee and attempted to shoot up a gathering of critics of Islam in Texas.
Saleh is the latest in a string of terror suspects from Queens who have been arrested in recent years either for allegedly wanting to support jihadists in the Middle East or for plotting or attempting to carry out attacks in New York City.
“By his own words, Ali Saleh was willing to pledge allegiance to, and die for ISIL, an organization that has called for terrorist attacks against the United States,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in the government’s press release. “Saleh’s attempts to travel to Syria and ISIL’s battlefields were halted by good intelligence and smart law enforcement. I commend the agents and detectives of the Joint Terrorism Task Force as well as the dedicated prosecutors at the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.”
Saleh’s Twitter posts are no longer visible, but tweets sent to him are. Many appear to have been parts of conversations he had with people about the Islamic State and the Muslim religion.
“Europe left the Dark Ages behind for good,” one poster told him. “Islam still lives in its own dark ages. And savageries don’t help.”
Another posted a photo of men apparently executed by the Islamic State and hung by their hands from T-shaped posts, asking, “Are these the conversions moron”?
And another poster said, “You will die alone with only your hatred and no virgins,” a reference to the jihadist belief that those who are killed fighting for Islam will enjoy the favors of dozens of young women in the afterlife.
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