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US Man Arrested in Israel for Plot to Blow Up Muslim Holy Sites

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Palestinians pray in front of the Dome of the Rock at the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, Oct. 5, 2014.

Palestinians pray in front of the Dome of the Rock at the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, Oct. 5, 2014.

Israeli police have arrested an American man for an alleged plot to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

Police identity the suspect as Adam Everett Livvix, a Christian from the southwestern state of Texas.

He has been charged with illegal weapons possession, planning a terrorist attack, and staying in Israel after his visa expired. Police say he has fully cooperated with them.

Police say Livvix entered Israel last year from the Palestinian Territories, where an unknown Palestinian approached him and asked him to assassinate President Barack Obama during the president's visit to the region.

The say Livvix refused to join the plot, but allegedly planned to use weapons his soldier roommate stole from the Israeli army to blow up unspecified Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

Israeli police say Livvix was wanted in the United States on a drug charge and that the FBI helped with their investigation.

Some information in this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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