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New York residents arrested over IS extremist plot

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Published on February 27, 2015 with No Comments

“Missing London teen girls believed to be in Syria to join ISIS”

The three British teenage girls that boarded a flight to Istanbul last week, are now believed to be in Syria.
London’s Metropolitan Police said  that it has enough reasons to believe the two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old, have made it to Syria, presumably to join the so-called Islamic State militant group.
With reports that at least one of the girls contacted an IS recruiter in Syria via social media before leaving London, British authorities have been working closely with Turkey over the past week to try to find the girls before they could enter Syria.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister criticized British authorities for notifying Turkey about the missing girls too late, three days after they disappeared, saying the girls arrived in Istanbul as tourists. The Metropolitan Police disputes that account, saying it notified the Turkish embassy in London a day after the teens went missing. Security officials say, so far, at least 500 British nationals have travelled to join the militants in Syria often via Turkey.
While continuing to lure in young people to join the terrorist group, Islamic State militants have also abducted at least 150 Assyrian Christians in north-eastern Syria.

Three New York residents have been arrested for plotting to join extremists fighting in Syria and two threatened to carry out attacks within the United States. Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, and Abror Habibov, 30, have been charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation.

The teenage Saidakhmetov, a Kazakh citizen, was arrested  at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, before traveling onto Syria.

US prosecutors said he recently expressed intent to buy a machine gun and shoot US police officers and FBI agents if thwarted in his plan to join the Islamic State (IS) group fighting in Syria.They also accused Juraboev of being prepared to attack within the United States, and said he posted a message online in August 2014 offering to kill the US president if ordered to do so by IS. All three are Brooklyn residents.The arrests come a month after IS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani called on Muslims in the West to carry out new attacks and amid growing concern about the homegrown extremist threat in the West.

“The flow of foreign fighters to Syria represents an evolving threat to our country and to our allies,” said Loretta Lynch, US attorney for the eastern district of New York. “We will vigorously prosecute those who attempt to travel to Syria to wage violent jihad,” she said. “Anyone who threatens our citizens and our allies, here or abroad, will face the full force of American justice.”

Federal prosecutors in New York said Juraboev bought a plane ticket to travel from New York to Istanbul next month, also planning to make his way to Syria and wage war on behalf of IS.

The third suspect, Habibov, is accused of helping to fund Saidakhmetov’s efforts to join the Syrian militants.US intelligence officials warned earlier this month that more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world, including more than 150 Americans, had gone to Syria to link up with extremist groups.

 

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