FBI Foils Suspected Terror Plot On White House

FBI Foils Suspected Terror Plot On White House

A Georgia man who traded his vehicle for an antitank rocket, guns and explosives in a plot to storm the White House has been arrested.

Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, was arrested Wednesday following a yearlong investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.

"All potential threats have been neutralized and were under control from the inception of this case", said U.S. Attorney Byung J.

"His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, DC area by using explosive devices, including an improvised explosive device, an anti-tank rocket", Pak said.

The FBI was contacted by a local law enforcement agency after receiving a tip in March that Taheb may have been radicalized, had changed his name and planned to travel overseas to territory controlled by the Islamic State, an FBI affidavit revealed.

The document said a community member contacted law enforcement in March 2018 about him.

"The AJC notes that "(The alleged terrorist) allegedly said he planned to travel to 'hijra, ' a term said to refer to Islamic State territory".

He also told the informant he wanted to attack the White House and Statue of Liberty in jihadist attacks, authorities said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Mr Taheb had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, said of the foiled plot: "Taheb is charged as the result of a year-long investigation by FBI Atlanta's Joint Terrorism Task Force".

He also suggested staying inside the United States, he could do "more damage" than if he martyred himself overseas.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents met Taheb in a parking lot in Georgia on Wednesday, with the man planning to exchange his auto for various weapons.

After a second confidential informant explained how to use the weapons, Taheb allegedly gave his auto keys to him in exchange for them, according to the complaint.

During weeks of conversing with the informant and an undercover agent, the complaint states, he sought help obtaining weapons and explosives and showed off a hand-drawn diagram of the White House's West Wing in a composition notebook.

Then, after they got into the auto and closed the doors, agents arrested Mr Taheb.

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