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A New York man pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS, which included spreading the terrorist group’s propaganda online and calling for supporters to commit attacks in New York City, a Justice Department statement said Monday.

Zachary Clark, 41,  also known as “Umar Kabir,” “Umar Shishani,” and “Abu Talha, was accused of pledging allegiance to ISIS twice, and disseminating ISIS propaganda on online forums intended for potential recruits, associates and supporters of the group, the statement said.

Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units), backing the Iraqi forces, pose in front of a mural depicting the emblem of the Islamic State (IS) group as troops advance through Hawija on October 5, 2017, after retaking the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters.
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In August 2019, Clark posted instructions about how to conduct lone wolf attacks in New York City, detailing how to avoid attracting law enforcement attention and how to carry out stabbing attacks, noting that the discomfort at “the thought of plunging a sharp object into another person’s flesh” is “never an excuse for abandoning jihad.” (RELATED: Corpus Christi Naval Air Station Shooter Was Supporter Of Salafi-Jihadist Ideology)

“[K]nives, though certainly not the only weapon for inflicting harm upon the kuffar [non-believers], are widely available in every land and thus readily accessible,” the manual, which was titled “Knife Attacks” reportedly said. 

Clark provided instructions on how to conduct pre-operational surveillance for the attacks, and which areas of New York City to scope out, posting maps and images of the subway system and encouraging participants to attack these locations. He also provided a manual called “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” which was also issued by al-Qaeda, and instructed participants on how to build bombs with ordinary materials.

“Having pledged allegiance to ISIS, Clark provided specific instructions for how to conduct attacks in New York City, instructing others on knifing and bomb-making,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “We must remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism.  We must remain committed to identifying and holding accountable those who threaten our communities because of their support for foreign terrorist organizations.”

In June, Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, of Florida was indicted on similar charges after allegedly planning and attempting to carry out an attack on behalf of ISIS.

Attempting to provide material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

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COVID survivor released from hospital after he and 9 others contracted virus at backyard BBQ in Fontana

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- It was a cheerful farewell that nearly didn't happen.

Randy Smith of Apple Valley was one of 10 family members who contracted the novel coronavirus at a backyard barbecue in Fontana -- and was so close to death that his wife was told by doctors to say her goodbyes.

Now Smith is heading home after three months in the hospital.

"Thank God," he said. "It was life and death, and I made it out this side."

It's been a long road to get here. Smith had a litany of problems when he was diagnosed in June.

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An Apple Valley man was hospitalized and near death after he and nine other family members tested positive for COVID-19 following a backyard barbecue.

"I had collapsed lungs, pneumonia," he recalled. "I had a stroke."

Dr. Nicole Hanrahan, medical director of Encompass Health Rehab hospital of Murrieta, added that Smith also developed "acute respiratory failure, required two chest tubes and the help of a tracheostomy for breathing."

He had to relearn how to walk, talk and eat.

When things were at their worst, the family believes that prayer saved his life.

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Doctors at CHOC Children's in Orange County say 14-year-old Agustina Rojas was the sickest COVID-19 patient they've ever had. The Placentia teen was near death twice, but she beat the virus and is now at home after spending 57 days in the ICU.

"God did a miracle and healed me overnight," Smith said.

Now, he and the rest of his family who survived, four of whom were hospitalized, are imploring others to not follow their path.

"Wearing a mask isn't a joke," said Riley McGuigan, one of 10 family members who contracted the coronavirus at the barbecue. "People say, 'I'm not gonna wear my mask, it's just OK I'm not gonna get COVD.' It's not a joke. You can die from this. "People are dying from it."

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Family members credit their father's faith, nightly prayers and angels on Earth for saving his life from coronavirus.

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