Ex-National Guard member charged with plotting attack to help Islamic State
By RACHEL WEINER | The Washington Post | Published: July 5, 2016
A former member of the Army National Guard living in Sterling, Virginia, is accused of trying to plan an domestic terror attack on behalf of the Islamic State.
Mohamad Bailor Jalloh was arrested Sunday and charged with attempting to provide material support to the terrorist organization, according to papers filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Jalloh, a native of Sierra Leone, is a U.S. citizen. He quit the National Guard after listening to the lectures of deceased radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi, according to court documents, and became involved in planning a terror attack on U.S. soil.
After hearing Aulaqi say that it was a duty of every able Muslim to resist the American presence and activity in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jalloh told a like-minded associate that he "understood this was the reality," according to court papers. He later said he would like to carry out an attack in the style of Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 people in a 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas. He also suggested that someone known for organizing contests for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad would make a good target, according to the affidavit filed in federal court.
"You have to pick a action and take it cuz time is not on your side," he wrote to an ally, according to the affidavit.
Jolloh purchased a Glock handgun in February but was unsuccessful in trying to buy an assault rifle in Charlotte, N.C. last month, according to the documents.
On July 2, he visited a gun store in Chantilly, Virginia. but didn't have the proper paperwork to purchase a Bushmaster AR-15 he was looking at, according to the documents. He returned that evening and bought another assault rifle, authorities said, but the FBI was surveilling him and the weapon was rendered inoperable before he left the store.
He also gave $500 to a federal agent he believed was working with ISIS.
According to the documents, federal authorities were alerted to Jalloh's plans by a confidential source who was working with a now-deceased overseas co-conspirator. He will appear in court for the first time Tuesday afternoon.