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Army National Guard Spc. Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport Wednesday night while he was attempting to fly to Cairo, the department said in a statement.
Members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in Chicago also arrested Edmonds' cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, a member of the Illinois Army National Guard, at his home in Aurora, Illinois.
Both men are U.S. citizens.
The cousins allegedly told an FBI undercover employee their plan for an armed attack on the U.S. military facility in northern Illinois where Hasan Edmonds had been training.
originally posted by: Ensinger23
When I read things like this, I have to wonder if this guy actually did this stuff or if it's just a phoney story to make our federal law enforcement look more competent.
originally posted by: Answer
I suspect most of the U.S. military members who identify as Muslim are being watched to some extent.
In late 2014, Edmonds unwittingly accepted a Facebook friend request from an undercover officer and the two began talking. According to the complaint, on January 19 of this year, he wrote to the officer, "Say akhi (brother) you speak arabic? I'm trying to get my affairs in order and get my funds up for the plung [sic], thought it was smart to plug in with my brothers while i prepair [sic]."