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Man Admits to Plotting White House Attack

Hasher Jallal Taheb indicated 'his obligation to engage in jihad'

(Newser) - A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to plotting to attack the White House, which authorities say was just one of his targets. Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming had been under investigation for close to a year when he was arrested in an FBI sting operation in January 2019. He'd... More »

Kremlin: Putin Called Trump to Say Thank You

US apparently passed on a terrorism-related tip to Russia

(Newser) - The Kremlin says Vladimir Putin closed out the year with a thank-you call to President Trump after a tip from the US helped Russia prevent a possible terror attack. Reuters reports by way of Russian media that two Russians who were allegedly plotting attacks on St. Petersburg during new year... More »

She Wrote Letters to Dylann Roof. Now, a 15-Year Sentence

Ohio's Elizabeth Lecron had pleaded guilty to plotting 2 terror attacks

(Newser) - An Ohio woman fixated on the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School, as well as one at a historically black church in Charleston, SC, in 2015, now knows her fate for plotting two terror attacks herself. The US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio says that... More »

FBI: Army Veteran Planned to Bomb Nazi Rally in LA

Authorities intervene in what they say was a terror attack planned for California

(Newser) - A terror plot by an Army veteran who converted to Islam and planned to bomb a white supremacist rally in Southern California as retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks was thwarted, federal prosecutors said Monday. Mark Domingo, 26, an infantryman who served a combat stint in Afghanistan, was arrested... More »

A Lunchroom Comment Raised Eyebrows. Then, a Plot Busted

Terror scheme uncovered in western New York to attack 'Islamberg,' cops say

(Newser) - Three men and a high school student were charged with plotting to attack a rural upstate New York Muslim community named Islamberg with explosives, authorities tell the AP . The Rochester-area residents are accused of plotting to attack the small Muslim enclave west of the Catskills, according to court papers. The... More »

Woman Accused in 'Upscale Mass Murder' Plot Was Dylann Roof Pen Pal

Ohio's Elizabeth Lecron allegedly planned to bomb a bar

(Newser) - A woman planning an "upscale mass murder" reached out to Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof before she was arrested Saturday in one of two terror plots near Toledo, Ohio, according to the FBI. "So I guess I'll talk to you when the deed is done? I'm... More »

6 Arrested Over 'Imprecise' Plot to Attack Macron

The alleged plan was described by sources as 'loose'

(Newser) - French security agents have arrested six people on preliminary terrorism charges for allegedly plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a French judicial official. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the allegations, said intelligence agents detained the six in three widely scattered regions, including the... More »

Cleveland FBI: A July 4 Terror Attack Was Planned

Demetrius Pitts was arrested Sunday

(Newser) - Cleveland was on Monday told to celebrate Independence Day without fear in the wake of Sunday's arrest of Demetrius Pitts, who the FBI alleges had intended to attack the city's downtown in a July 4 terror plot. Cleveland.com reports the Maple Heights resident voiced a desire to... More »

First There'd Be a Bomb. Next They'd Go After the PM

Theresa May assassination plot foiled in the UK

(Newser) - British authorities say they've foiled a plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May that would have started with a bomb at the gates to Downing Street, the New York Daily News reports. The two suspects would have attempted to kill May in the chaos surrounding the explosion at... More »

At Heart of ISIS Airplane Plot: Meat Mincer

IED made it inside Sydney Airport, but not through security

(Newser) - If all had gone according to plan, a bomb disguised as a meat grinder would have taken down a plane in Australia last month. The existence of the plot was revealed late last month , and now police are providing details: Khaled Mahmoud Khayat, 49, and Mahmoud Khayat, 32, were charged... More »

Belgium Arrests 2 It Says Plotted 'End-of-Year' Terror

Alleged plan was to attack 'emblematic' places

(Newser) - Two people have been arrested in Belgium on suspicion of planning attacks in Brussels during the holidays, the federal prosecutor's office said Tuesday. The investigation revealed "the threat of serious attacks that would target several emblematic places in Brussels and be committed during the end-of-year holidays," the... More »

15-Year-Old Terrorist in UK Gets Life Sentence

But British teen will have the chance of parole in 5 years

(Newser) - A 15-year-old British boy was sentenced Friday to at least five years in custody for organizing a terrorist plot to kill police officers in Australia. Judge John Saunders said the teenager, who can't be named because of his age, would be released only when he was no longer a... More »

'Ginger Terrorist' Plotted to Kill Princes Charles, William

He wanted to see red-haired Prince Harry as king

(Newser) - A man who felt "belittled" for having red hair has been found guilty of plotting terrorist acts from his bedroom in the UK. Prosecutors say Mark Colborne, 37, was found with handwritten notes and books describing how to make lethal poisons like napalm, cyanide, and ricin, as well as... More »

Germany: We Foiled Imminent Terror Attack

Officials think couple was preparing Boston Marathon-style hit

(Newser) - German security officials say they have foiled what they believe was an imminent Boston Marathon-style attack after raiding the home of a suspected Islamic extremist. The chief of police for western Hesse state says authorities found a pipe bomb, 100 rounds of ammunition, parts of an assault rifle, and a... More »

Australia: 5 Teens Plotted Attack on WWI Ceremony

They were arrested today over alleged plot involving 'edged weapons'

(Newser) - Five Australian teenagers were arrested today on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony next Saturday that included targeting police officers, officials said. Police said they believe the plot was to have involved "edged weapons." "At this stage, we have... More »

National Guardsman, Cousin Accused of Plotting Attack

Hasan Edmonds was arrested at Midway Airport last night

(Newser) - A 22-year-old National Guard soldier was arrested at Chicago's Midway Airport last night and his 29-year-old cousin has been arrested at his Aurora, Ill., home. The allegations against them: that the former planned to fly to Cairo with the aim of helping ISIS, while his cousin stayed behind and... More »

Alleged Capitol Plotter: 'His Best Friend Is His Kitty'

Christopher Lee Cornell's dad says 'no way' son could have carried out terror plot

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Ohio man arrested yesterday stands accused of plotting to attack the US Capitol with pipe bombs and gunfire. As reported last night , Christopher Lee Cornell was undone by an FBI sting (an undercover operative connected with him after Cornell allegedly posted pro-terror-attack tweets). New details as of this... More »

FBI Accuses Ohio Man of Plotting Attack on Capitol

Christopher Cornell is busted in sting operation

(Newser) - The FBI says a 20-year-old Ohio man planned to attack the US Capitol with pipe bombs and gunfire, reports CNN . Christopher Cornell of Green Township is charged with attempting to kill a US government official. It was another FBI sting, and authorities say the plan stood little chance of actually... More »

Hamas Terror Plot Foiled: Israel

Kidnappings, car bombings, attacks on stadium and railways said to be planned

(Newser) - Car bombings, kidnappings, and attacks on railway stations and Jerusalem's Teddy soccer stadium were just some of the items on Hamas' checklist, according to Israeli officials who today say they foiled a major West Bank terror plot by the group, the AP reports. The Shin Bet security service confirms... More »

Khorasan Threat Was Kept Secret for Months

Al-Qaeda cell was cause of recent air security warnings

(Newser) - Not many people had heard of the Khorasan terror group until it emerged that many of the US-led airstrikes in Syria targeted the group—but some lawmakers say they've known about the threat for months, BuzzFeed reports. Rep. Peter King says he is surprised the name of the "... More »

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