Ex-National Guardsman, Mohamed Jalloh, from Sterling, Virginia, has been charged with plotting to carry out a terrorist attack in the name of the Islamic State.
Jalloh, 26, is a former member of the Army National Guard. He quit shortly after hearing lectures from Anwar al-Awlaki, the American imam and outspoken Islamic lecturer – known to be the first U.S. citizen to be killed in a U.S. drone strike.
The Department of Justice stated that Jalloh attempted to help the Islamic State in getting weapons that he believed would be used to carry out a Fort Hood-style attack on the U.S. military. Jalloh apparently made many unsuccessful attempts to obtain weapons and believed that the month of Ramadan would be the most opportune time to plan an attack.
CNN reports that, according to the Justice Department, Jalloh first caught the attention of authorities when a member of ISIS arranged a meeting with him and a source working for the FBI. He is due to appear in court on Tuesday afternoon.