Two Foiled Attacks by Radicalized American Teens

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Times Square (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
  1. According to reports in the Pakistani news outlet Dawn, the FBI shared a report with Pakistani authorities about a planned Paris-style attack on “heavy populated areas” in New York City by an 18-year-old dual Pakistiani-U.S. citizen.Working with an undercover FBI agenct, Talha Haroon and another suspect plotted to carry out an attack in the name of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) on locations including Times Square and the New York City subway.Haroon was previous know to be connected to the Taliban but subsequently switched his allegiance to ISIS.

    Haroon planned the attacks while in Pakistan, according to the FBI, who said he was doing whatever he could to buy a ticket back to the U.S., including selling some of his personal property.

    He was taken into custody in Pakistan and also charged in the U.S. on five different counts relating to terrorism.

  2. A New Jersey teenager pleaded guilty this week to plotting to kill Pope Francis during his 2015 visit to the U.S.  Santos Colon was 15 at the time when he recruited an undercover FBI source to be the sniper to carry out the act, which he intended to be in support of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)Colon agree to a plea bargain, in which, in exchange for forgoing a trial, he pleaded guilty as an adult to one count of providing material support to a terror group. Three other charges against him as a juvenile were dropped.Although the maximum penalty for the crime is 15 years in prison, sentencing is expected to be put off until 2021 while Colon is treated in a secure psychiatric facility.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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