US Resident Arrested for Plotting Daesh Attacks in Washington, DC

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US police arrested 25-year-old Virginia resident Haris Qamar for plotting to help Daesh group find targets for attacks in the US capital, the US Department of Justice said in a statement on Friday.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The FBI first learned of Qamar’s plans through social media. According to court records, he used more than 60 Twitter accounts to support Daesh and share its propaganda online.

"Qamar and FBI confidential witness discussed ISIL’s [Daesh] need of photos of possible targets in and around Washington, DC, for use in a video that ISIL was purportedly making to encourage lone wolf attacks in the Washington, DC area," the statement said.

Qamar and the FBI witness met twice last month to photograph a list of targets for the Daesh video, according to the statement.

Additionally, the Justice Department said Qamar tried to join Daesh in 2014, but his parents confiscated his passport and threatened to alert US law enforcement.

Qamar is charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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