He said he had never shot a gun but could learn easily – adding that he had watched some videos of how grenades explode.
A week later, court documents allege, he met with the undercover agent again and “broadened his prospective targets in the Washington, DC area and indicated he wished to attack the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and a specific synagogue.”
He also explained which weapons he wanted to purchase: semi-automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices, an anti-tank rocket and hand grenades.
“His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, DC, area,” said B.J. Pak, US attorney for the northern district of Georgia.
After several meetings and messages with the confidential source and undercover agent, Taheb said he had decided that they should attack the White House on January 17.
Taheb explained that he intended to attack the White House by approaching from the back road, causing a distraction for police, and then proceeding towards the building.
Taheb told the undercover agent, the court documents claim, they needed a “base” where they could regroup and where he could record a video to motivate people.
“He stated he would be the narrator, clips of oppressed Muslims would be shown, and American and Israeli flags would be burned in the background,” US authorities state.