Human Rights

US citizen arrested on charge of affiliation to IS

WASHINGTON, The US Department of Justice announced that Zachary Clark, 40, was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday.

Clark, of Brooklyn, is charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to the so-called Islamic State (IS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and distributing bomb-making instructions, the DoJ said in a press release.

Clark is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to IS, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and one count of distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by a judge.

Clark allegedly disseminated IS propaganda and bomb-making instructions in an effort to incite acts of terrorism and violence in New York City and elsewhere, the statement noted.

The defendant allegedly provided instructions for how to plan attacks on US soil, encouraging IS supporters to attack in well-populated locations,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.

“The National Security Division is committed to identifying and holding accountable those who support foreign terrorist organizations and pose a threat to our communities,” Demers pointed out.

“Today’s arrest in Brooklyn is a reminder that New York City remains a top terrorism target in the United States,” said NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.

“The NYPD and all of our law-enforcement partners remain vigilant in this ongoing fight against terror and anyone who would plot to do us harm,” O’Neill added.

Clark pledged allegiance to IS twice, first in or about July 2019, to its then-leader Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and then in or about October 2019, to IS’s new leader, Abu Ibrahim Al-Sashemi al-Qurayshi, who was elevated after Al-Baghdadi’s death.

Source: Kuwait News Agency