This bombshell arrest resulted from coordination between the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Pakistani authorities.
The FBI sent a report to Pakistani authorities detailing efforts of The US citizen’s attempts to plan the attack from inside Pakistan which enabled the authorities to grab him before he could attempt his diabolical plan.
The FBI report quoted a communication between a co-conspirator and Mr. Talha Haroon, “We just walk in with guns in our hands. That’s how the Paris guys did it. You just walk in and shoot anyone who says anything.”
Nice. From a US citizen living and plotting and planning attacks from inside Pakistan. Even extreme vetting is not going to stop a US citizen from coming back into America. This is a major problem.
According to Special Agent Oscar M. Gifford of the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, who was a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigating the case: “I believe the co-conspirator’s reference to the ‘Paris guys’ was a reference to the ISIS supporters who planned and executed joint terrorist attacks at various locations, including a concert hall in Paris, France, on or about November 13 and 14, 2015. Based on my review of open source materials, I am aware that ISIS claimed responsibility for the Paris attack.”
The report claimed that Mr. Haroon wanted to carry out an “attack in NYC around June 2016.” It said that the suspects “identified multiple potential targets of their plot to launch terrorist attacks in New York City”.
One target was the New York subway. The report claimed that the suspects “discussed plans to detonate a car bomb in Times Square.”
The report states that,
“While he (Haroon) did not presently have enough money to buy a plane ticket from Pakistan to New York City for [the] purpose of carrying out the attack, he would do everything in [his] power to get a ticket, including selling some of his personal property.”
The report also singled out “an unidentified co-conspirator… being associated with a certain overseas country, as a prospective contributor to funding for the attack on New York City”. The report claimed that the unidentified financier sent “several hundred dollars” for the operation.
Mr. Haroon was charged in a criminal complaint before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The complaint charged Mr. Haroon on five counts of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiring to commit act of terrorism, conspiring to bomb a place of public use and public transportation, conspiring to provide material support or resources to terrorists and conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
He is awaiting extradition.