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Brooklyn man pleads guilty to attempting to support ISIS

A Brooklyn man who uploaded instructional manuals online about how to conduct lone-wolf terror attacks in New York City pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

Zachary Clark, 41, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court after he was arrested last fall for posting manuals such as “Knife Attacks” and “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom” in encrypted chat rooms designed to recruit new ISIS members.

One of the handbooks included maps of the New York City subway system and writings on how to commit attacks in the Big Apple, according to court papers.

Clark pledged support to ISIS twice in 2019, including in July when he stated his allegiance to the former leader of the terror group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, prosecutors said.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced in February, prosecutors said.

“Thanks to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Clark’s efforts to incite deadly violence on behalf of ISIS have been silenced, and he now awaits sentencing for his crimes,” Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement after the guilty plea.

“Today’s plea by Mr. Clark is yet one more example of the resolve of 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 F. Sweeney Jr. added.

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