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Undercover FBI Operation Stops Would-Be Terrorist Attack in Chicago

The Associated Press reported Saturday, September 15, 2012, that an undercover FBI operation halted a would-be terrorist attack on Chicago with the arrest of 18-year-old Adel Daoud, a United States citizen from the Chicago area.  The article states:

[A]n agent pretending to be a terrorist provided [Daoud] with a phony car bomb and watched him press the trigger, prosecutors said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago … said the device was harmless and the public was never at risk.

Daoud is being charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage and destroy a building with an explosive, according to the AP, which further reports that the “FBI began monitoring Daoud after he started using an email account to get and distribute material about violent jihad and the killing of Americans.”

The same article quotes an affidavit alleging that Daoud targeted a downtown Chicago bar because he believed that it would be filled with “the evilest people…Kuffars,” which the article defines as “the Arabic term for non-believer.”

The Washington Post reported that Daoud’s first court appearance took place on Monday, September 17, 2012. According to The Post, Daoud’s attorney is challenging FBI tactics saying agents may have improperly lured the defendant by telling him fictitious Islamic leaders condoned the violence.

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