A suspect was arrested Thursday evening for allegedly planning an attack on New York City’s famed Times Square that involved hand grenades and other possible explosives.
“A Queens man who had discussed wanting to throw a hand grenade in Times Square was arrested late Thursday by federal authorities, two law enforcement officials said,” reports the New York Times.
“The man, who was not immediately identified, was expected to appear in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Friday, where he would be formally charged in a criminal complaint, the officials said. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case,” adds the newspaper.
According to the Times, police setup an undercover operation to arrest the suspect when he appeared to purchase the weapon.
The arrest comes after US officials confirmed ISIS was planning to send terrorists into the United States through the US-Mexico border.
A new report is highlighting the growing dangers posed by the escalating immigration crisis; with a detained ISIS member confirming the group plotted to send terrorists into America using the porous US-Mexico border.
“A chilling confession from a captured ISIS fighter has shed light on how the terrorist group intended to exploit the vulnerabilities of the U.S. border with Mexico, using English speakers and westerners to take advantage of smuggling routes and target financial institutions,” reports Fox News.
“Seized ISIS fighter Abu Henricki, a Canadian citizen with dual citizenship with Trinidad, last month said that he was sought out by the violent insurgency’s leadership to attack the U.S from a route starting in Central America, according to a study by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and published in Homeland Security Today,” adds the author.
“ISIS has organized plots in Europe with returnees so it seems entirely plausible that they wanted to send guys out to attack. The issue that makes a North American attack harder is the travel is more difficult from Syria,” said Anne Speckhard, who co-conducted the study. “So the idea that they would instead use people who were not known to their own governments as having joined ISIS might make it possible for them to board airplanes.”
AL QAEDA RETURNS: Terror Leader Calls for ‘NEW JIHAD’ Against US
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri resurfaced over the weekend after months of hiding and questions over his health; releasing a five-minute video that called for a new “jihad” against the United States and its western allies.
The video, titled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Muslims” slammed the Trump administration for its decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, saying the Americans were “clear and explicit” in their “modern crusade” against Muslims across the world.
“[Americans] are the first enemy of the Muslims, and swore that it will not dream of security until it is lived in reality in Palestine, and until all the armies of disbelief leave the land of Muhammad,” he added.
Zawahiri took control of the global terror network after US forced killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, choosing to avoid the spotlight after the United States shifted its anti-terror efforts to focus on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Despite the warnings, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes the Mideast peace process is “decidedly not dead,” telling Fox News “We’re hard at work on it. We hope we can achieve a successful outcome there as well.”
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AOC SILENT: Ocasio-Cortez Slammed for ‘Social Media Silence’ After Sri Lanka Terror Attack
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called-out on social media this week after the notorious Twitter user failed to comment on the devastating Sri Lanka terror attacks that killed over 350 people on Easter Sunday.
“Twitter-obsessed @AOC posted 14 times about the terror attack on Muslims in New Zealand, but has posted nothing about the terror attack on Christians by Muslim extremists in Sri Lanka. Very odd,” posted Piers Morgan Tuesday afternoon.
Twitter-obsessed @AOC posted 14 times about the terror attack on Muslims in New Zealand, but has posted nothing about the terror attack on Christians by Muslim extremists in Sri Lanka.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 23, 2019
Other users blasted Cortez’ apparent silence on the subject; noting she had posted at least 14 times about the deadly attack on a New Zealand Mosque just weeks ago.
“At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” posted Ocasio-Cortez on March 15.
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