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Saudi Man in Texas Allegedly Targeted George W. Bush's Dallas Home in WMD Terror Plot

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Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a 20-year-old college student from Lubbock, Texas was charged in a WMD terror plot in Texas today. Authorities allege that Aldawsari wanted to wage a personal war upon the United States.

According to CNN, Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, allegedly researched several possible targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush, and nuclear power plants and hydroelectric dams.

Apparently, Aldawsari wanted to conceal the explosives in dolls and he referred to his desired targets in a series of emails as "Nice Targets", "Nice Targets 01", and "Tyrant's House" - a reference to former President Bush's Dallas home.

Aldawsari was arrested after a chemical supplier reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he tried to purchase concentrated phenol, which can be used to make an explosive, according to the statement.

Authorities confirmed that Aldawsari researched ways to make IEDs online. They also say Aldawsari's diary indicated the Saudi had been plotting an attack for years and obtained a scholarship so he could come directly to the United States to carry out jihad. Aldawsari was a student at the University of Texas.

This marks the first high profile terrorist plot takedown since 2009 when a Jordanian plotted to bomb a Dallas skyscraper. And, in 2004 a Texas couple (including a white supremecist) admitted to possessing a weapons cache, which included chemical weapons.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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