Terror Suspect Arrested Near Capitol

    This artist rendering shows Amine El Khalifi before U.S. District Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. in federal court in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. El Khalifi, a 29-year-old Moroccan man was arrested Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was a suicide vest, given to him by FBI undercover operatives, said police and government officials. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)

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    So much for his “martyrdom” mission. Amine El Khalifi was arrested Friday in an alleged plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol. The 29-year-old Moroccan, who was unemployed and an illegal immigrant, was followed for more than a year by the FBI. He thought he was working with al Qaeda. Khalifi flip-flopped on how he should fight back against the "war on Muslims," having considered as a bomb target a synagogue, a building filled with military personnel, a popular restaurant for military officials, before settling on the Capitol. Police nabbed him as he carried a faux automatic weapon and suicide vest to the building. The landlord of Khalifi’s Arlington, Va., apartment said that the tenant was always receiving mysterious packages labeled “books.”

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