Arrest of US Soldier for Terrorism: DGST Provided Specific Information to FBI

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As part of the international commitment to the fight against terrorism, Morocco’s General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) has provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with specific information on the U.S. soldier arrested on January 19, 2021, underlined Tuesday Haboub Cherkaoui, Director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ).

The case of U.S. Army private Cole Bridges, arrested in coordination between the FBI and the US Army for his involvement in the planning of terrorist acts in addition to his links with ISIS elements, had attracted the attention of the DGST last summer for his jihadist and extremist orientations, Cherkaoui told MAP.

This led the DGST to communicate to the FBI, in September 2020, specific information on this soldier and his terrorist activity, he said.

Bridges is accused of preparing an attack on the National September 11 Memorial in New York. He also stands accused of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and of attempting to murder U.S. military personnel. If convicted, each crime carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison though actual sentencing will be left to the judge.

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