US Soldier Arrested For Allegedly Plotting Attack On 9/11 Memorial

US Soldier Arrested For Allegedly Plotting Attack On 9/11 Memorial

Cole James Bridges is accused of providing information about how to attack US forces in the Middle East

A US Army soldier was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly trying to help Islamic State fighters attack American troops and targets in New York, including the 9/11 Memorial.

Cole James Bridges -- who is 20 and from the state of Ohio -- faces federal terrorism charges, United States prosecutors said in a statement.

Bridges -- a private based at Fort Stewart, Georgia -- began researching jihadist ideology and expressing support for the Islamic State on social media shortly after joining the army in September 2019, prosecutors say.

In October 2020, they claim that he started communicating online with an undercover FBI agent posing as an ISIS supporter who claimed to be in contact with ISIS fighters in the Middle East.

"During these communications, Bridges expressed his frustration with the US military and his desire to aid ISIS," said the statement issued by the Southern District of New York.

"Bridges then provided training and guidance to purported ISIS fighters who were planning attacks, including advice about potential targets in New York City, such as the 9/11 Memorial."

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