Just some random folks who probably couldn’t find jobs. No mention of the words “Islamic” or “Muslim” in the story, so don’t go jumping to any conclusions.
Three Brooklyn men who allegedly planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS were taken into custody during FBI terror raids in the borough Wednesday, law enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York.
The men, all Uzbekistan citizens who lived in Brooklyn and range in age from 19 to 30, allegedly planned to return to New York to commit a domestic act of terror if they failed to join the group overseas, law enforcement officials said.
The youngest man, identified in a criminal complaint as Akhror Saidakhmetov, allegedly posted on an Uzbek-language website in the last six months that he would buy a machine gun and shoot police officers and FBI agents if his plan to join ISIS was thwarted. In August 2014, 24-year-old suspect Abdurasul Hasanofvich Juraboev, posted on the board that he would kill President Obama if ISIS asked him to.
Law enforcement officials say any potential homegrown threat was aspirational, not operational, but authorities moved in because they believed the suspects’ plans to travel abroad were imminent and their alleged intent to join ISIS real.Saidakhmetov was arrested early Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul. Juraboev had already bought a plane ticket to Istanbul from New York and was scheduled to leave March 29. According to the complaint, the 30-year-old suspect Abror Habibov, operated a domestic support network that helped fund Saidakhmetov’s efforts to join ISIS abroad
The Brooklyn arrests come about a month after an audio recording purportedly released by ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani urged supporters to carry out lone wolf attacks. The message was posted on Twitter and jihadi forums. Intelligence analysts said the recording, which praised recent attacks in France, Australia, Canada and Belgium, appeared to be authentic, NBC News reported.
Who knows, maybe these guys are part of that right-wing threat the DHS recently warned us about.