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US ‘jihadist’ sought to attack White House: FBI

US ‘jihadist’ sought to attack White House: FBI
January 18
11:59 2019

WASHINGTON: Authorities in the US state of Georgia have arrested a 21-year-old man who sought to buy explosives and an anti-tank rocket for a “jihad” suicide attack on the White House planned for Thursday.
Byung Pak, the US attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced the arrest of Hasher Taheb of Cumming, Georgia late Wednesday after a monthslong FBI investigation sparked by a tip from the local community “that Taheb had become radicalized.”
According to the indictment, Taheb tried to recruit an informant and an undercover FBI agent into a plan to attack the White House and other targets in Washington, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and an unnamed synagogue.
Wanting to fulfil his “duty” to conduct jihad and expecting to become a “martyr,” Taheb originally hoped to travel to Islamic State-held territory in the Middle East, he told the FBI source, the indictment said.
But because he had lost his passport, Taheb told the informant it would be better to launch attacks inside the United States.
On December 7, 2018, he met the undercover agent and revealed a hand-drawn diagram of the White House West Wing, where the president’s office is located.
In the subsequent weeks, Taheb detailed what weapons he wanted to acquire for the plot, and assigned the FBI agent to obtain them: semi-automatic weapons, grenades and an AT-4 shoulder-mounted anti-tank weapon.
His plan was for the trio to jointly launch the attack on what he referred to as “game day,” eventually pinpointed as January 17.
“Specifically, he described his plan to use the AT-4 to blow a hole in the White House so that the group could enter,” the indictment said.
Taheb advised the source “that jihad was the best deed in Islam and the peak of Islam,” the indictment said. AFP

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