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|Queens ISIS wannabe pleads guilty to attacking FBI agent with a knife in the name of the terror group|
Munther Omar Saleh, 21, pleaded guilty in Brooklyn Federal Court to planning to aid the organization and scheming to attack law enforcement.
He was , armed with knives and charging at a federal officer tailing him.
His co-defendant, Fareed Mumuni,
The agent, helping execute a search warrant at Mumuni's house, was protected by body armor.
Saleh, the one-time Queens college student, said Friday he spoke with others about traveling to join ISIS. He said he got hiking boots for a co-conspirator trying to get to Syria, and passed along contact information for someone he thought was an ISIS recruiter. The group of terror wannabes included several New Jersey men.
If Saleh opted for trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Solomon said the government would've shown Saleh was in contact with "attack " Junaid Hussain.
Hussain, a hacker with a big role in ISIS online recruitment, was killed in an August 2015 U.S. air strike in Syria.
As Brooklyn Federal Judge Margo Brodie made sure Saleh understood what he was doing by pleading, she asked if anyone threatened or forced him to plead.
Saleh paused before saying yes.
The judge noted the hesitation and asked again if he'd been pushed into the plea.
"Partly. More like, my counsel said, between a rock and a hard place," he said.
Both Saleh and Mumuni are scheduled for May 16 sentencing. Saleh faces up to 53 years and Mumuni could get a maximum 85 years.
"In the name of 's false and hateful ideology, these defendants attacked the law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to preserve the safety of our communities," said U.S. Attorney Robert Capers.
Saleh's lawyer, Deborah Austern Colson, and Saleh's parents did not comment after the plea.
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|[IsraelTimes] Fort Lee's Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, could face 15 years in prison for plans to assist terror group|
A fourth US citizen has been in the greater New York area in less than a week on allegations of supporting the terror group, officials said Thursday.
Samuel Rahamin Topaz, 21, from Fort Lee, New Jersey, was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the IS group, which has declared a "caliphate" based in Iraq and Syria.
He faces 15 years in prison if convicted and was remanded without bail after being arrested at home on Wednesday, prosecutors said.
Court papers allege he was in close contact with Munther Omar Saleh, a 20-year-old student from New York who was arrested last Saturday after trying to stab an FBI surveillance officer.
The pair allegedly met up at a Manhattan subway station a few blocks from the World Trade Center on May 31.
Prosecutors in New York have accused Saleh of planning to carry out a in the city.
Topaz told a friend that "they" promised him $7,000 a week and four wives, possibly in Iraq, and cited this as reason not to enroll at community college, court papers show.
He allegedly posted selfies on Facebook dressed in -style head garb and wrote about his intention to go to Jordan, which prosecutors called a cover story for travel to IS-controlled territory.
Court papers released on Thursday listed two other co-conspirators, both of whom were dual US-Jordanian citizens.
The first, a 20-year-old, left the country on May 5, flying from New York to Jordan after browsing online propaganda.
The second was an unidentified 23-year-old in New Jersey.
After his arrest, prosecutors said he confessed to sympathizing with the IS cause. had watched the group's videos and discussed plans to reach it.
US intelligence officials warned in February that more than 20,000 volunteers from around the world, including more than 150 Americans, had gone to Syria to link up with s.