The Federal Bureau of Investigation thanked the Huntsville Police Department Wednesday afternoon for their part in the Joint Terrorism Investigation which led to the arrest and conviction of Aziz Ihab Sayyed and an associate.
Sayeed acknowledged that he bought bomb-building ingredients in 2017, that he stated his aspirations to conduct ISIS-inspired attacks on police stations and Redstone Arsenal, and that he attempted to form a cell to conduct violent acts within the United States.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to the terrorism charges.
The FBI said the joint investigation was an outstanding model of the results which can be achieved through interagency cooperation.
Between January and June of 2017 in Madison County, Sayyed, a U.S. citizen, obtained and viewed ISIS propaganda videos depicting ISIS forces committing bombings, executions by gunshot and beheading, and other violent acts. Sayyed shared the videos and expressed his support for ISIS and for ISIS terrorist attacks around the world, according to his plea agreement.
Sayyed researched and learned how to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP), a highly volatile and extremely dangerous explosive material. He then purchased the necessary ingredients for the explosive and professed his aspiration to use TATP in an explosive belt or a car bomb.
On June 13, 2017, Sayyed met with an individual he understood to be an ISIS member. In fact, the person was an undercover employee of the FBI. Sayyed and the undercover employee discussed the danger of TATP, ISIS’s preference for the use of certain explosives, and Sayyed’s desire to assist ISIS, according to the plea agreement. In that meeting, Sayyed offered to personally carry out attacks on behalf of ISIS.
SOURCE: U.S. Attorney’s Office