In New York, two young men fascinated by the Islamic State’s vision, and wanted nothing more than to join the fight, were arrested before they could make it to Syria. In contrast, young men’s from Canada and Australia were also inspired by the vision of the Islamic State and was also fascinated to join the battle. For that they took up arms in their homeland and staged small attacks that had widespread attention.
Mohammed Enwazi, now known as “Jihadi John” was sympathetic to the message of Islamic extremists, and in 2013 he had joined them in Syria, and now he is known to be the black-masked figure who appeared in many beheading videos.
Suspects in all cases were known to the authorities, but only in New York were the suspected arrested. They were accused of “pledging support for the Islamic State and trying to leave the country”. This case provides one of the first public examples of how officials in the U.S. are approaching the threat.
Some terrorism plots have included plans to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge, destroying tunnels and bridges, and kill numerous people in Times Square.