New Jersey Man Charged With Plotting To Support Terrorism

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

FBI agents on Monday arrested another New Jersey man who is accused of plotting to support the Islamic State group.

Authorities charged Alaa Saadeh, 23, of West New York, with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic terrorist organization and witness tampering. They said he tried to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI.

The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force have been investigating several people in New York and New Jersey amid heightened concerns of terrorist attacks surrounding the July Fourth holiday. Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, of Fort Lee, was charged earlier this month with conspiring to join the Islamic State group.

According to the criminal complaint released Monday, a Rutherford man who is Saadeh’s brother traveled to the Middle East in May to join the group and was arrested in Jordan. Saadeh’s credit card was used to buy his brother’s plane ticket, and Saadeh was aware of his plans to join the IS group, the complaint alleges.

The complaint alleges that Topaz had numerous meetings and exchanged text messages and phone calls with Saadeh, his brother and 20-year-old Munther Omar Saleh, a New York City college student who was arrested this month and charged with conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.