US soldier, cousin arrested in IS plot

A US military reservist has been arrested while attempting to travel to fight for Islamic State jihadists, along with a cousin planning to carry out attacks on military installations, authorities say.

A Justice Department statement says Army National Guard soldier Hasan Edmonds, 22, was detained at Chicago Midway International Airport on Wednesday as he attempted to fly to Egypt.

A cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home in Aurora, Illinois at the same time.

Both had conspired to wage war on behalf of Islamic State jihadists, with Hasan Edmonds planning to use his military training to join the group on its frontlines in Iraq and Syria.

Jonas Edmonds planned to use his cousin’s military uniforms to carry out an attack on a base in northern Illinois after his relative’s departure from the United States.

The pair were captured after unwittingly revealing their plans to an undercover FBI agent, a statement says.


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