The aircraft were just harmless models, if large ones—until one dove into the Pentagon and exploded while the other homed in on the US Capitol, blasting the dome that had been spared on Sept. 11, 2001.
That, at any rate, was the hope of Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old resident of Ashland, Mass. While American-born and raised, this son of Bangladeshi parents and physics graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, planned to make jihad on the United States and “enemies of Allah,” in his own words. The Pentagon was “the head and heart of the snake” in his view and he wanted to strike with 7-foot long model airplanes as well as with guns and grenades on the ground.
To set his plot in motion, Ferhaus contacted fellow jihadists from Al Qaeda, who supplied him with explosives. In turn, he supplied them with a dozen mobile phone detonators to set off bombs in the Middle East.
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By Timothy W. Coleman and Brittany Minder