New Jer­sey man faces ter­ror­ism charges

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A New Jer­sey man has been ar­rested on ter­ror­ism charges by au­thor­i­ties who say he re­searched land­marks in New York, Wash­ing­ton and Bos­ton as po­ten­tial ter­ror tar­gets.

Alexei Saab of Mor­ris­town was charged Thurs­day in an in­dict­ment al­leg­ing he acted on be­half of Hezbol­lah’s Is­lamic Ji­had or­ga­ni­za­tion when he pho­tographed tar­gets in the mid-2000s.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties say tar­gets in­cluded the Statue of Lib­erty, the White House and even Bos­ton’s Fen­way Park.

The 42-year-old Saab was charged with mar­riage fraud for al­legedly mar­ry­ing a co-con­spir­a­tor in 2012 un­der false pre­tenses.

A mes­sage re­quest­ing com­ment was left with Saab’s at­tor­ney.

Au­thor­i­ties say Saab en­tered the U.S. legally in Novem­ber 2000 and be­came a cit­i­zen in 2008. He was ar­rested July 9.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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