A college student from Queens was arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack in New York City in the name of the Islamic State.
Munther Omar Saleh, 20, was apprehended on June 7 after he allegedly attacked undercover police officers who were following him. He was charged with “conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist group” (the Islamic State).
Saleh openly supported the Islamic State on social media, tweeting in support of various ISIS attacks. A scan of his internet history revealed searches for:
· “construction of a pressure cooker bomb,”
· “firearms,” “ammunition,”
· “bulletproof vests,”
· “New York City landmarks and tourist attractions.””
Prosecutors allege he was planning to detonate a bomb in the New York City area.
He was studying aeronautics at Queens University.
The Islamic State’s international appeal has continued to grow. This week the state department said “our narrative is being trumped by ISILs” alluding to the Islamic State’s very successful online propaganda efforts.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi told reporters “The number of foreign fighters in Iraq now exceeds the number of Iraqis” (in the Islamic State).
He said “An average of 40 suicide (bombers) enter Iraq per month.”