U.S. Domestic Islamist Extremism 2019

planning attacks. Law enforcement foiled all nine plots.

·  In January 2019, 23-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb (U.S. citizen) was arrested for planning attacks on the White House and Statue of Liberty by fire or explosive as part of what he claimed “was his obligation to engage in jihad.” Taheb later broadened his potential targets to include the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and an unspecified synagogue. He did not cite his inspiration to any one foreign terror organization, but he had sent his two presumed collaborators a link connected to Anwar al-Awlaki, the former al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader.

·  In April 2019, 28-year-old Rondell Henry (U.S. citizen) was arrested for stealing a U-Haul van with the intention to use it as a weapon against pedestrians on the sidewalks of the National Harbor in Maryland. Henry acted in support of the Islamic State (ISIS).

·  In April 2019, 21-year-old Fabjan Alameti (U.S. citizen) was arrested for falsely claiming he never intended to “hurt any Americans or anyone in the military” when he had, over Facebook, claimed he wanted to “die a martyr” and target people at gay nightclubs, a federal building, and an Army recruiting center “to avenge the blood.” Alameti claimed he was going to Montana to “buy a gun since all they need is a background check and ID.” Alameti acted in support of ISIS.

·  In April 2019, 26-year-old Mark Steven Domingo (U.S. citizen) was arrested after receiving what he believed to be a workable explosive device, which he planned to detonate at a white supremacist rally, after considering other targets including “Jews, churches, and police.” Domingo posted multiple pre-attack videos, claiming “there mustbe[sic] retribution” for the New Zealand mosque attack in March 2019. He claimed if ISIS came to the U.S., he would swear allegiance to them.

·  In May 2019, 20-year-old Jonathan Xie (U.S. citizen) was arrested for attempting to provide material support to Hamas and attack a “pro-Israel march and…shoot everybody,” claiming “you can get a gun and shoot your way through…all you need is a gun or a vehicle to go on a rampage.” Xie also discussed the possibility of bombing the Israeli consulate and Trump Tower in New York City.

·  In June 2019, 22-year-old Ashiqul Alam (lawful permanent resident) was arrested for knowingly receiving two firearms with obliterated serial numbers as  part of his plan to use them to kill law enforcement officers and civilians in a terrorist