Georgia man 'planned to fire anti-tank rocket at White House'

Georgia man 'planned to fire anti-tank rocket at White House'

Federal agents posing as potential terrorists and munitions sellers arrested a Georgia man in a plot to blast his way into the West Wing of the White House with an anti-tank rocket, according to court papers and prosecutors.

Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming, Georgia, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the United States using fire or an explosive.

Hasher Jallal Taheb has been charged with intent to destroy by fire or explosives a building owned by the US.

"Particularly, the community member noted that Taheb had become radicalized, changed his name, and made plans to travel overseas", the complaint says.

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

According to the complaint, Taheb told an Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential source that he had applied for a USA passport and said his previous passport had been misplaced.

Taheb told the agent to acquire weapons and explosives for the White House attack.

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

- A man suspected of plotting to bomb government buildings in the Washington, D.C. area, including the White House, is in custody in Georgia.

Investigators believe Taheb was working on his own, Chris Hacker of the FBI's Atlanta field office said Wednesday.

Mr Taheb "explained that jihad was an obligation, that he wanted to do as much damage as possible, and that he expected to be a martyr, meaning he expected to die during the attack".

Last year, an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant reached out to Taheb after he reportedly put up his vehicle for sale. A criminal complaint, obtained by Fox News, said that a neighbor reported the 21-year-old in March 2018, alleging he'd become radicalized. It said Taheb hoped to carry out the attack on or about January 7, together with the agent and the informant.

Taheb was arrested after he allegedly took possession of the two backpacks containing the explosives and the AT-4 and placed them in a rental vehicle, the document states.

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