AURORA, Ill. – Two Illinois Islamists, one of which serves in the Illinois National Guard, have been charged with conspiring to aid the barbaric terror group ISIS as one plotted to travel overseas for jihad training while the other planned to carry out an attack on a U.S. military base.
Hasan Edmonds, 22, and his cousin Jonas, 29, were both taken into custody on Wednesday after being tracked by the FBI for the past year on suspicion of terrorist ambitions.
Hasan Edmonds has served as a specialist with the Illinois National Guard since 2011, and allegedly planned to travel to the Mideast to be trained for fight for Allah. Jonas Edmonds, in the meantime, was to carry out an attack on the Joliet Armory with AK-47’s and grenades.
According to reports, an undercover FBI agent that had been tracking the Edmonds cousins communicated with the men via Facebook, posing as an ISIS sympathizer. The criminal complaint states that in one of the messages, Hasan Edmonds explained that he wished to travel to Syria to join ISIS, but that if he was unable to do so, he would remain in the U.S. and “fight and die here in the name of Allah.”