Man charged with 'plot to attack White House'

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A Georgia man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of planning a jihad attack on the White House, other high-profile national targets and at least one Jewish site in the nation's capital.

Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cummings, Georgia, met with undercover agents on Wednesday and traded his vehicle for semi-automatic assault rifles, remote-controlled explosives and grenades, and an anti-tank rocket, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit. "As articulated in the affidavit supporting the complaint, his alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington DC area".

Along with the White House, investigators say Taheb had plans to attack the Washington monument, Lincoln Memorial, and a specific synagogue. (BJay) Pak says Taheb planned to use an improvised explosive device and an anti-tank rocket.

A member of the community had reported to local law enforcement that Taheb had "become radicalized, changed his name and made plans to travel overseas", the complaint states.

He had "hand-drawn diagram of ground floor of the West Wing", court documents show.

But Pak said no targets in Washington or Georgia were ever truly threatened by the plot. The agent had agreed to exchange weapons and explosives for Taheb's truck after discovering that he was selling it, authorities allege.

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Taheb's plans included driving along a road behind the White House, and using an anti-tank rocket to blow up a door and then entering the building to kill people.

Taheb appeared in court on Wednesday.

"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, '" the complaint said...

The FBI's announcement of Mr Taheb's capture comes as thousands of the agency's staff are working without pay or have been temporarily laid off during the partial government shutdown.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Chris Hacker said investigators believe Taheb was working alone and did not have ties to any terrorist group. Taheb had planned to exchange his vehicle for weapons and ammunition on Wednesday and carry out the attack as early as Thursday.