Saturday 23 February 2019

Isil supporter 'plotted attack on White House'

 

An American supporter of Isil has been arrested after he allegedly plotted to blow a hole in the White House with an anti-tank rocket and storm the building. Stock photo
An American supporter of Isil has been arrested after he allegedly plotted to blow a hole in the White House with an anti-tank rocket and storm the building. Stock photo

Harriet Alexander

An American supporter of Isil has been arrested after he allegedly plotted to blow a hole in the White House with an anti-tank rocket and storm the building.

Hasher Jallal Taheb (21), from the town of Cumming, Georgia, was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday, on the eve of his planned attack.

He had been watched since March, after police were tipped off that he had become radicalised, changed his name, and was trying to sell his car to fund his travel to territory held by Isil.

He was thwarted by not having a passport, and so changed his plans, intending, he told an informant, "to conduct an attack in the United States against targets such as the White House and the Statue of Liberty".

In December, Taheb met with an undercover agent and showed them "a hand-drawn diagram of the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House" and "described his plan for attacking" it.

A week later, he met with the agent again and "broadened his prospective targets in the Washington DC area and indicated he wished to attack the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and a specific synagogue".

He also explained which weapons he wanted to buy - semi-automatic weapons, explosive devices, an anti-tank rocket and some grenades.

"His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington DC area," said the US attorney for the northern district of Georgia.

Irish Independent

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