New Jersey man charged with plotting to support terror groups

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NEWARK, N.J. — A former New Jersey man is accused of plotting to support terror groups, federal officials said.

Nader Saadeh, 20, was charged Monday with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to the U.S. Attorneys' Office in New Jersey.

The former Rutherford resident was due to appear later Monday in U.S. District Court in Newark. It wasn't known if he's retained an attorney.

Saadeh's arrest comes just weeks after authorities arrested his 23-year-old brother, Alaa, and another man on similar charges. The arrests stem from an ongoing FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation of several people in New York and New Jersey who have allegedly conspired to provide material support to the terror groups.

Officials intercepted messages allegedly sent by Saadeh "expressing his hatred for the United States and desire to form a small army that would include their friends."

The suspect allegedly posted on his Facebook page photos of ISIL's flag.

Authorities have said Nader Saadeh traveled to the Middle East in May to join the Islamic State. He could face several decades in prison if convicted.

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