Two Illinois men who had taken photos of themselves posing with the Islamic State flag on a beach and trained to be ready to fight alongside the terrorist group in the Middle East were arrested and charged Wednesday with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, according to a Justice Department press release.
Joseph D. Jones, also known as Yusuf Abdulhaqq, and Edward Schimenti, known as Abdul Wali, were picked up by police Wednesday morning after driving an undercover source to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on April 7 so that he could travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, prosecutors said. The men also gave their source multiple cell phones that they believed would be used to detonate explosives in attacks overseas.
Both men are 35-year-old U.S. citizens and reside in Zion, Ill., located 45 miles north of downtown Chicago.
Jones and Schimenti first shared their plans to join the terrorist group in fall of 2015. Around the same time, Jones and Schimenti started posting messages of support for the Islamic State on various social media channels, according to a complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Originally published by The Washington Examiner.