The FBI arrested a man in Alabama on Monday, after he told agents that he would kill an American soldier if ISIS asked him to.
According to an FBI affidavit seen by The Associated Press, Nayef Qashou entered the United States in 2015 and indicated that he wanted to study nursing at a community college in Alabama. He is a citizen of the United States and Jordan. He was raised in Saudi Arabia.
During this time, he used encrypted apps to contact people who were suspected to be terrorists. He talked with them specifically about attacking U.S. troops, and they reportedly instructed him to carry out a terror attack on U.S. soil.
The FBI searched his home for any computers or electronic storage.
The FBI was aware that Qashou was involved in suspicious activity and monitored him. They also questioned him on several occasions during the past four years.
"Qashou would not tell interviewers exactly how he responded to the suggestion to conduct a U.S. attack," FBI Special Agent Scott Sullivan said, according to the Associated Press. "He stated he essentially responded by saying the only way he could justify an attack is for it to be against U.S. armed forces personnel on U.S. soil."
Qashou told the FBI that he wanted to help ISIS by volunteering to "drive fuel trucks, feed troops, and use a gun to defend against U.S.-led attacks against ISIS." He also claimed that he did not like violence.
Qashou is reportedly being held by authorities in Montgomery, Alabama.