A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to inciting terrorist attacks, shared tutorials on how to make homemade bombs for New York City attacks, and shared subway maps while instructing people in encrypted chat rooms exactly where to attack.
Zachary Clark – who also goes through Umar Kabir, Umar Shishani and Abu Talha – shared ISIS propaganda, including a manual on knife attacks saying that the inconvenience of stabbing someone is “ never an excuse to leave jihad. ”
Clark, 41, also posted a manual entitled “ Make a Bomb in Your Mother’s Kitchen, ” which was published by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and contained detailed instructions on how to build bombs using readily available materials .
He was arrested in November.
Clark on Monday advocated an attempt to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
The images above are some of the images that Zachary Clark shared in encrypted chat rooms from at least March 2019 until his arrest in November.
“As he admitted in court today, Zachary Clark swore allegiance to ISIS and placed calls for attacks on the public and institutions in New York on encrypted pro-ISIS chat rooms,” said acting US attorney Audrey Strauss.
He also posted detailed instructions on how to commit those acts of violence. Thanks to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Clark’s attempts to incite lethal violence on behalf of ISIS have been silenced, and he is now awaiting conviction for his crimes. ‘
Authorities say he first pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in July 2019, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the leader, and then again in October 2019 after he was assassinated and Abu Ibrahim al-Sashemi al. -Qurayshi took over.
In the meantime, starting in at least March 2019, Clark encouraged ISIS supporters to carry out lone wolf attacks in New York City through encrypted chat rooms intended for members, employees, supporters and potential recruits.
Authorities allege that Clark ‘posted instructions on August 3, 2019 on how to conduct such an attack, including instructions on how to select an attack target, how to conduct pre-operational surveillance, how to conduct operational planning, and how to prevent law enforcement from becoming attracted. attention in preparing and carrying out the attack. ‘
Pictured on the left is one of the messages Clark shared in the encrypted chat rooms. Clark was sharing NYC subway maps (right) while instructing people exactly where to attack
Authorities say he first pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in July 2019, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (pictured) was the leader, and then again in October 2019 after he was assassinated and Abu Ibrahim al. -Sashemi al-Qurayshi took over
They found that he distributed a manual entitled “Knife Attacks,” which stated that discomfort at “the thought of throwing a sharp object into someone else’s flesh” is never an excuse to leave jihad.
The manual also stated that ‘[k]nives, although by no means the only weapon to deal damage to the kuffar [non-believers], are widely available and therefore easily accessible. ‘
“After pledging allegiance to IS, Clark gave specific instructions for carrying out attacks in New York City and instructed others on how to make knives and bombs,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers.
‘We must remain vigilant against the threat of terrorism. We must remain committed to identifying and holding accountable those who threaten our communities for their support of foreign terrorist organizations. ‘
Clark would be sentenced by Judge Buchwald on February 9, 2021.
He could face a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
“ Today’s plea by Mr. Clark is another example of the decision by the FBI’s JTTF in New York and our many law enforcement partners to protect this city and our citizens from the danger of lone wolf attacks, ” FBI assistant Director William said F. Sweeney Jr .. “Many thanks to all of our partners who work side by side with us every day to neutralize these types of threats.”
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said: “The defendant, by attempting to support a designated foreign terrorist organization, represents the way New York City remains a major terrorist target. I commend the work of the NYPD detectives, the FBI agents, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District in bringing this case. ‘