BREAKING: Former US Soldier Planned ‘Fort Hood Style’ Terror Attack to Aid ISIS
The malevolent force of radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki continues to inspire Islamic terror acts within the United States through YouTube videos even five years after his death, as a former member of the National Guard has been arrested and charged for plotting a “Ft. Hood” type of attack.
The soldier, 26-year-old Mohamed Jalloh, was charged in a Virginia court with an attempt “to provide material support to a terrorist organization,” after purchasing a rifle in an FBI sting operation during the weekend, and making a $500 “donation” to an FBI informant with the intent of supporting ISIS activities.
The FBI investigation of Jalloh was launched in March after a member of ISIS introduced him to an FBI informant.
Jalloh told authorities that al-Awlaki’s “preachings” were his inspiration, saying he quit the National Guard after hearing the imam and terror recruiter explain that all Muslims are duty-bound to take action against America, as well as other Western countries.
The former soldier told the FBI informant that he was thinking of “Nidal Hasan type of things,” referencing the attack by an Army major on personnel at the Ft. Hood military base.
Maj. Hasan, who was a member of the mosque in Falls Church, Virginia where al-Awlaki served as an imam, opened fire in a “gun-free” area, leaving soldiers unable to defend themselves as he shouted, “Allahu Akbar,” killing 13 and wounding many others in 2009.
Al-Awlaki wrote a blog, posted on a Facebook page, and contributed articles to the slick al-Qaeda magazine, “Inspire,” in addition to putting up numerous YouTube videos, which led a Saudi news agency to describe him as “the bin Laden of the internet.”
ISIS has had success drawing recruits via its online propaganda campaigns, making it difficult to prevent or detect radicalization that occurs in the privacy of the home and often goes unnoticed.
According to the affidavit filed in the Virginia court, Jalloh told the FBI informant that a “draw Muhammad” cartoon event, like that held in Texas last year, would provide a good venue for an attack.