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Arrested man 'planned to fire rocket at White House'

By Kate Brumback

A man who allegedly traded his car for an anti-tank rocket and explosives in a plot to storm the White House has been arrested.

Hasher Jallal Taheb (21), from Cumming, Georgia, was arrested in an FBI sting and is charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the US using fire or an explosive, US Attorney Byung J 'BJay' Pak said.

The FBI set up the sting after a law enforcement agency said in March that it got a tip from someone who said Taheb had become radicalised, changed his name and planned to travel abroad, according to an FBI agent's affidavit filed in court.

Taheb told the undercover agent he had never shot a gun but could learn easily and also said he had watched some videos of how grenades explode, authorities claimed.

The affidavit says Taheb told a confidential FBI source in October that he planned to travel abroad for "hijra", which the agent wrote refers to travelling to territory controlled by Islamic State.

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