Hasher Jallal Taheb
Place of Birth: Georgia, United States;
Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming, Georgia pleaded guilty to plotting to blow up the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Statue of Liberty with IEDs and a rocket launcher.
He was detained in an FBI sting in January 2019 when he tried to buy assault rifles, explosive devices, and an anti-tank weapon from undercover agents.
In March 2018, a member of the community in Atlanta reported his concerns to local law enforcement that Taheb had become radicalized.
He had changed his name and obtained a US passport for travel abroad, for ‘hijra’, a term used by the Islamic State to encourage its followers to migrate to its enclaves in Syria and Iraq.
In addition, by July of that year he had begun planning domestic jihad with his targets initially including the White House and the Statue of Liberty.
By December 2018, Taheb had listed several other targets in the Washington DC area: the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and a synagogue.
During undercover meetings with Taheb in January 2019, he produced sketches of the White House and described the types of weapons and explosives he wished to use in the attack, including semi-automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices, an anti-tank weapon, and hand grenades.
FBI special agents arrested Taheb on January 16, 2019, after he arrived at a pre-arranged location where he expected to obtain weapons for his attack.
Taheb will be sentenced on June 23 before U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen. As part of the plea agreement, Taheb and the government agreed that he should receive a 15-year sentence of imprisonment.
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