arrest of an American plans to hit the White House as "shells": Jihad is obligatory[/size]
2 hours ago
The young man was arrested in Buford, Georgia, on Wednesday, immediately after he accepted to exchange his car with false weapons, from the secret agent.
The FBI said it had discussed with the secret agent how to use weapons and detonate explosive materials during the swap and plans to travel directly to Washington, DC.
Jalal was accused of plotting to blow up a federal building and faces sanctions, possibly up to 20 years in prison.
It was not clear if the young man had a lawyer.
FBI special agent Chris Hacker said the Joint Task Force on Counterterrorism had been gathering information about Jalal for months after receiving a message that he had become an extremist.
The FBI began monitoring Jalal, through a secret agent, since August when they received information that he had offered his car for sale, in order to finance his travel to the Islamic state organization.
A source at the FBI said that because Jalal did not have a passport, he decided to carry out an internal attack and identified the White House and the Statue of Liberty as potential targets.
The indictment notes that Jalal believed that "Jihad is obligatory, and wanted to cause the greatest damage possible, and expected to be martyred," according to a local US newspaper.
A few days after meeting with the secret agent and another reporter, Jalal offered them a "handwritten sketch" of the West Wing of the White House, believing the two would join him in that process, the indictment said.
By December, Jalal had stepped up his rhetoric against the United States and Israel and expanded its list of targets to include an unnamed Jewish temple, the Lincoln Memorial and other targets in the US capital.
Jalal said he wanted to record a video, to inspire other young people, to join him in his attack, showing "clips of persecuted Muslims, American and Israeli scientists are burning in the background."
The FBI's announcement of the arrest of Jalal, at a time when thousands of people working in the office, without paying their salaries or on compulsory leave from work, is due to the partial closure of the federal government institutions.