“It’s very hard to get in I’m on my 5 try its difficult mad po po military and ppl here very scared,”
-he allegedly wrote to his girlfriend.
“Hunny 1 last favor $2 grand for plane ticket and to get back I promise I’ll pay u back when I get there,” “It’s hard then [sic] I thought m [sic] tired hiding n mountains for 3 weeks it’s very very hard wallah,” he added using the Arabic expression for “I promise by God.”
-he wrote her on April 4, 2015.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement Monday regarding the arrest.
“The arrest of Mohamed Rafik Naji on charges he provided material support to ISIL is a sharp reminder of the evolving threat of global terrorism. New York must remain vigilant in the face of hate and intolerance, and continue to advance the core values of democracy that this state and nation were founded upon. While we do not have any specific threat at this time, public safety is paramount and we will continue to work aggressively with all local and federal partners. I would like to thank the dedicated professionals at the FBI, US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District, and state and local police on the Joint Terrorism Task Force for their efforts to keep New Yorkers safe.”