An Iraqi refugee who wanted to bomb two Texas malls has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
The Justice Department announced Monday that Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, a 24-year-old Houston resident, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS — after gaining admission to the United States a refugee.
Al Hardan was admitted to the United States as a refugee in November 2009. Prior to arriving in the United States he had stayed in at least two refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq. Al Hardan was approved for and received legal permanent residence status in August 2011. He was in the process of applying for U.S. citizenship when he was arrested on terrorism charges earlier this year.
Federal agents foiled Al Hardan’s plans when they arrested him in January and discovered training material on how to build remote detonators, multiple cells phones, electronic circuitry components and corresponding tools. Officials also found, what the Justice Department described as, “a prayer list for committing Jihad and becoming a martyr and the ISIL flag.”
Source: /Daily Caller