New Jersey Man Charged With Plotting To Support ISIL Militants

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal officials have arrested a former New Jersey man who is accused of plotting to support terror groups.

Nader Saadeh, 20, was charged Monday with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

The former Rutherford resident was due to appear later Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark.

Saadeh’s arrest comes just weeks after authorities arrested his 23-year-old brother, Alaa, and another man on similar charges. The arrests stem from an ongoing FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation of several people in New York and New Jersey who have allegedly conspired to provide material support to the terror groups.

Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, of Fort Lee, was charged earlier this month with conspiring to join ISIS.

The criminal complaint alleges Topaz had numerous meetings and exchanged text messages and phone calls with Alaa Saddeh, his brother and 20-year-old Munther Omar Saleh. The college student from Queens was arrested this month and charged with conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Saleh allegedly cased the George Washington Bridge and was reportedly seeking to explode a pressure-cooker bomb like the ones used at the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Another defendant, Fareed Mumini, allegedly conspired with Saleh and tried to kill an FBI agent with a knife during his arrest on Staten Island.

Authorities have said Nader Saadeh traveled to the Middle East in May to join the Islamic State.

Nader Saadeh also said that ISIL’s execution of a captured Jordanian Air Force pilot and the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris earlier this year were justified, according to authorities.

He could face several decades in prison if convicted.