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New Jersey man gets 10 years in prison for trying to join ISIS

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May 01, 2018

A 23-year-old New Jersey man received a 10-year prison sentence on Monday for his role in providing material support to ISIS, the U.S. Department of Justice reported.

Following Nader Saadeh’s discharge from prison, he will be on a lifetime supervised release.

Saadeh pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with others to provide material support to ISIS.

He admitted that he had full intentions of travelling overseas to join ISIS with his brother, Alaa Saadeh; Samuel Rahamin Topaz, Munther Omar Saleh and Fareed Mumuni.

Nader Saadeh also confessed to watching ISIS-related videos, some of which included ISIS executions, with the other men.

Nader Saadeh said that he knows who ISIS is and knows what they stand for, and he admitted that once he reached ISIS-controlled territory, he intended to fight on behalf of ISIS.

Nader Saadeh admitted that Saleh and Mumuni concocted strategies to carry out an attack on behalf of ISIS using homemade bombs at Times Square, the World Trade Center, and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, in Queens, New York.

U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton handed Saadeh his sentence in a Newark federal court.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said: “ISIS is a threat to the people of the United States, both here and abroad, and the National Security Division will aggressively investigate and prosecute all who seek aid it. I applaud the dedication of the agents at the FBI and the Newark Joint Terrorism Task Force and the prosecutors here at the Department of Justice, who together thwarted the defendant’s attempt to fight for ISIS against the U.S. and its allies.”

“Saadeh traveled overseas for the sole purpose of joining and fighting for ISIS, an international terrorist organization that has repeatedly taken and threatened to take the lives of our citizens and allies all over the world. Thanks to the intervention of the FBI-Newark Joint Terrorism Task Force and federal prosecutors on this case, Saadeh’s criminal aspirations were never realized.  Instead of joining ISIS’ ranks, he will spend the next several years in prison,” said U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

“I want to commend the work of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force investigators and prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s office who worked countless hours throughout this investigation to protect the community in their execution of the FBI’s Counterterrorism strategy to detect, penetrate and disrupt potential acts of terrorism in the United States and abroad,” said Special Agent in Charge Gregory Ehrie, of the FBI’s Newark, New Jersey Division

Alaa Saadeh was sentenced to 15 years in prison on May 10, 2016. Topaz will be sentenced on May 1. Saleh was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Feb. 6. Mumuni was sentenced to 17 years in prison on April 26.