US Army soldier allegedly attempted to help plan attack on soldiers abroad and 9/11 Memorial

华盛顿州 A US Army soldier was arrested Tuesday on terrorism charges after federal prosecutors said he allegedly attempted to assist 伊斯兰国’ efforts to plan attacks on targets in New York City and on US soldiers in the Middle East.

Cole Bridges, a 20-year-old private, allegedly made the attempts while communicating with someone he believed to be associated with the terror group, 检察官说. He has been charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and one count of attempting to murder US military service members, both of which carry up to 20 入狱多年.
Bridges, who is from Stow, 俄亥俄, was arrested in Georgia where he was based at Fort Stewart. He is set to have a court hearing on Thursday.
CNN is attempting to reach Bridge’s attorney for comment.
Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that in October, Stewart began communicating with an FBI covert employee online who was posing as an ISIS supporter in contact with ISIS fighters in the Middle East. Prosecutors allege Bridges gave training and guidance to purported ISIS fighters, as well as advice about possible targets in New York City, such as the 9/11 Memorial.
Bridges also allegedly gave the FBI employee portions of a US Army training manual andguidance about military combat tactics, for use by ISIS,” 发布说.
Prosecutors said that in December, Bridges began supplying the covert FBI employee withinstructions for the purported ISIS fighters on how to attack U.S. forces in the Middle East,” including diagramming specific military maneuvers to help ISIS fightersmaximize the lethality of attacks on US troops,” which included advice on fortifying an ISIS encampment by wiring certain buildings with explosives to kill American troops, 根据发布.
As alleged, Cole Bridges betrayed the oath he swore to defend the United States by attempting to provide ISIS with tactical military advice to ambush and kill his fellow service members,” Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in the release.
Our troops risk their lives for our country, but they should never face such peril at the hands of one of their own,” Strauss said.

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