Report: Man Carrying Fake Al-Jazeera Press Pass Planned to Stab Obama

By Chris Ariens 

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Turkish authorities arrested a man posing as an Al-Jazeera journalist for allegedly plotting kill President Obama.

The Syrian man was arrested Friday and allegedly confessed he intended to stab Obama during the president’s visit to Turkey. The man, who was carrying a press card identifying him as an employee of Al-Jazeera, allegedly said he had three accomplices.

Al-Jazeera’s Ankara bureau chief told a Saudi newspaper the ID card was “most certainly” forged. He said the alleged assassination plot came as a surprise to the Qatari network’s staff, who said they didn’t know the suspect.