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ICC Note: Following a two-year investigation, two Chicago men have been charged after attempting to provide ISIS with material support. The men, Joseph Jones and Edward Schimenti, have openly expressed support for the terror group on social media and were finally charged after unknowingly helping an undercover investigator make plans to join ISIS. If convicted, the men could face up to a 20-year prison sentence.

By Heather Clark

04/17/2017 United States (Christian News Network) – Two men from the Chicago area have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the barbaric Islamic group ISIS after they unknowingly assisted an undercover investigator with plans to travel overseas and fight for the terror group.

Joseph Jones, 35, also known as “Yusuf Abdulhaqq,” and Edward Schimenti, 35, also known as “Abdul Wali,” were arrested on Wednesday following a two-year investigation.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as the official complaint, the men had expressed support for ISIS on social media and also shared photos with the undercover investigator that featured themselves holding the Islamic State flag at Illinois Beach State Park.

“Brother there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim. That is the name Kaffirs (non-Muslims) give to weak-minded material-loving sellouts,” Jones wrote on Google+ in 2015, also sharing an essay on “Jihad: The Forgotten Obligation” and a manual called “A Brief Guide to the Islamic State.”

“Islamic State will control your country, matter of fact, Islam will dominate the world!!” wrote Schimenti, who also warned, “Kuffar (non-Muslims), we are coming to slay you.”

The men met with undercover agents on several occasions and Jones repeatedly sent one investigator ISIS videos as per his request for material to build his faith. A confidential source (CHS), who is employed at the same location as Schimenti, also helped the FBI by posing as an ISIS supporter whose brother had joined the organization and wanted to travel overseas to fight with him.


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