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Undercover FBI agent posed as ISIS member to investigate Alabama terrorism suspect
By Ashley Remkus
Aziz Sayyed, a college student accused of obtaining bomb making materials to blow up a police building in Huntsville, told an undercover FBI agent about his "desire to assist ISIS," according to authorities.
Sayyed will plead guilty Thursday at the federal court house in Birmingham. He's charged with attempting to provide material support or resources to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Sayyed is accused of obtaining materials to make a triacetone triperoxide (TATP) bomb for use in a terror attack.
Although the FBI has led the investigation into Sayyed, the 22-year-old college student initially was charged in state court. U.S. Attorney Jay Town now also has charged Sayyed.
"This was a very professional, thorough investigation the FBI did in this case," said Sayyed's attorney Bruce Gardner. "I'm glad we came around to this agreement."
Gardner said Sayyed agreed to plead guilty after federal authorities shared their evidence with the defense.
"Once we got access to that evidence, we saw the wisdom of entering a plea," Gardner said. "We don't know for sure but we feel confident the related state charges will be dropped."
Gardner said federal prosecutors have agreed to a 15-year stipulated sentence in exchange for the plea. But, the final sentencing decision is up to U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon, who isn't bound by any deals between lawyers.