Two terrorism suspects, including an Illinois National Guardsman, are in custody facing charges. An FBI sting operation lead to the arrest of the guardsman and his cousin for alleged terrorist activities with the two attempting to join up with terror groups in the Middle East.
A news release from Illinois Northern District U.S. Attorney’s office states the FBI arrested the 22-year-old guardsman, Hasan Edmonds, without incident at Chicago Midway International Airport Wednesday evening. Edmonds was attempting to fly to Egypt to fight on behalf of ISIL, according to the release. Jonas Edmonds, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen and cousin of the guardsman, was arrested at his home in Aurora. The complaint against the two says both had previously met with an undercover FBI agent to plan an attack on a U.S. military facility in northern Illinois. The suspects are charged and appeared in front of a judge yesterday afternoon.