U.S. Attorney Byung J.
A local law enforcement agency contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March after getting a tip from someone who said Taheb had become radicalized, changed his name and planned to travel overseas, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent's affidavit filed in court.
At some point, Taheb allegedly told the agent he was selling the vehicle to fund a "hijra" - or trip to ISIS territory - and that he was interested in attacking the White House and other monuments.
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".
"He said the group would fight to the end and make it a big bang", according to the document. He also created a group chat with the informant and undercover agent, where he would allegedly discuss his plans to attack in the following weeks.
Last week, Mr Taheb told the undercover agent he wanted to pick up weapons this week and drive directly to Washington to carry out the attack. Taheb allegedly told the undercover agent that the explosives would be inside the backpacks and would be detonated with cell phones.
The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument are pictured in Washington, D.C., April 9, 2018.
Then, on Wednesday, he met with what he believed was someone willing to trade his vehicle for assault rifles and explosive devices.The person he met with was actually a second Federal Bureau of Investigation confidential source and Taheb was arrested at the scene. Days later, the pair met up, where the suspect allegedly told the informant that he wanted to visit "hijra"- a reference to territory controlled by ISIS - and was eager to offload the vehicle to pay for a passport. We want to thank the Forsyth County Sheriff Office and Gwinnett County Police Department for assisting us with his arrest.