The FBI has foiled plans of a South Carolina man to conduct terrorist attacks on American soil on behalf of ISIS. In a federal affidavit, details show Kristopher Sean Matthews, who went by the alias “Ali Jibreel” conspired with Isis members and supporters for months planning how to carry out the attacks.
Matthews, along with a co-conspirator from Texas named Jaylyn Christopher Molina both remain in custody, accused of “conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization” documents show.
The State reported on the affidavit, writing “the FBI used online covert employees and confidential sources to track Matthew and Molina.” One FBI investigator recounted conversations between the men and other ISIS supporters in a secretive online chat group “wherein they profess their loyalty to ISIS, their hate for the United States and western nations, and their desire to support the extremist terror group however they can.”
“We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties” said Molina under his alias, “Abdur Rahim.” Matthews suggested attacking government centers instead of places “like malls where innocent children are.” Alleged targets included New York’s Trump Tower and the stock exchange.
The men exchanged information about guns and guides on home-made bomb-making, as well as how many men would be needed to set traps and place bombs. The affidavit mentioned Matthews and Molina’s various discussions about traveling to Syria to join ISIS. They believed if they were successful in their attack, it could mean “rock star status baby” and hoped “This could be Netflix worthy.”