2 suburban Chicago men arrested on terrorism charges

Two Illinois men charged with working to help ISIS

Two Illinois men charged with working to help ISIS

Both 35-year-old Joseph D. Jones and 35-year-old Edward Schimenti, both of Zion, are charged with conspiring to knowingly attempt to provide material support and resources to ISIS, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in IL.

Joseph Jones, also known as Yusuf Abdulhaqq, and Edward Schimenti, known as Abdul Wali were arrested after equipping and preparing an associate for travel to Syria to join the militant IS group, only to find he was an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant.

Then on April 7, officials said Schimenti and Jones drove the source to O'Hare Airport in Chicago, believing that the source would be traveling to Syria to join and fight with ISIS. During a recorded conversation with the informant, Schimenti allegedly said that he would like to see the ISIS flag planted "on top of the White House".

According to the DOJ, Jones and Schimenti, both USA citizens, pledged their allegiance to ISIS and posted violent, extremist content on social media in support of the Islamic State terror group. They are scheduled to make an initial appearance at on April 12 at 3:00 p.m. CDT (4:00 p.m. EDT) before U.S. Magistrate Judge M. David Weisman in Chicago, Illinois.

"Drench that land with they (sic) blood, " Schimenti allegedly urged the informant, before parting company.

A photo posted on Schimenti's Google Plus profile shows a masked man holding a knife, and caption written in capital letters saying if you can not travel overseas to fight "then slaughter the pagans next to you".

If convicted of conspiracy, each man could be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison.

After watching an ISIS video of captured soldiers being burned alive as they spoke Arabic, Schimenti says: 'I don't know what they're saying but I love it'.

A post from 2015 by Jones' Google Plus profile was titled: "Some of the Deadly Stabbing Ways: Do not Forget to Poison the Knife". Jones, who was also known as "Yusuf Abdulhaqq", allegedly answered: "Every night and day".

The complaint alleges Schimenti posted on Twitter: "unbelievers, we are coming to slay you". Authorities executed a search warrant at Jones' residence in Zion. The complaint didn't offer details about the killing.

As well as posing for photos holding the Islamic State flag, an undercover agent also said that one of the men, both from suburban Chicago, said gays should be thrown from buildings. He once suggested something was "fishy" about them, adding that he had a good sense of such things because of his own criminal history. Jones also spoke about past convictions.

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