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American Born Muslim Arrested In Thwarted Jihad Bomb Plot Aimed At Chicago Bar

September 16, 2012

"Adel Daoud, 18, of Hillside, was arrested Friday night when he tried to blow up what he thought was a car bomb in front of a downtown bar after undercover federal agents supplied him with fake bomb materials, prosecutors announced today.

Daoud was charged today with trying to use a weapon of mass destruction and trying to destroy a building using explosives. Daoud had come to the FBI's attention this spring after he posted something online, and after an FBI undercover agent contacted him, he "expressed an interest in engaging in violent jihad, either in the United States or overseas," according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.

Starting last October, Daoud started using an email account "to
obtain and distribute material, some of which he purported to author,
relating to violent jihad and the killing of Americans," according to court documents

In May, two undercover agents started communicating with Daoud, and in May and June, he sought guidance about carrying out a terror attack. Based on his research on the topic, Daoud "confirmed his belief in the propriety of killing Americans in a terrorist attack," to one of the undercover agents, according to an affidavit in the case.

During his Web research on the topic of violent jihad, Daoud posted on a Web forum "on or about June 2 ... Daoud wrote that he recognized '9/11' was 'halal,' but requested advice about other circumstances in which Americans may be killed in accordance with the Quran," according to the affidavit...",0,3738235.story

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