A New York man, Zachary Clark, 41, also known as “Umar Kabir,” “Umar Shishani,” and “Abu Talha, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS, which included spreading the terrorist group’s propaganda online and calling for supporters to commit attacks in New York City, a Justice Department statement said Monday.
Zachary Clark, 41, also known as “Umar Kabir,” “Umar Shishani,” and “Abu Talha, was accused of pledging allegiance to ISIS twice, and disseminating ISIS propaganda.
Clark no doubt made available instructions on how to conduct pre-operational surveillance for the attacks, and which areas of New York City to scope out, posting maps and images of the subway system and encouraging participants to attack these locations. He also provided a manual called “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” which was also issued by al-Qaeda, and instructed participants on how to build bombs with ordinary materials.
“Having pledged allegiance to ISIS, Clark provided specific instructions for how to conduct attacks in New York City, instructing others on knifing and bomb-making,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “We must remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism. We must remain committed to identifying and holding accountable those who threaten our communities because of their support for foreign terrorist organizations.”
The crime of attempting to provide material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.