Joseph D. Jones and Edward Schimenti, who went, respectively, by “Yusuf Abdulhaqq” and “Abdul Wali,” were arrested by the FBI in Zion, Illinois Wednesday and charged with providing material support for terrorism.
The men are alleged to have become involved with two undercover FBI agents posing as fellow ISIS sympathizers and another man claiming to be an Iraqi with close ties to the brutal terrorist pseudo-state. Jones and Schimenti allegedly agreed to provide cell phones to be used as detonators for ISIS’s improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and they drove one of the undercover agents to O’Hare International Airport so he could travel to Iraq and wage jihad.
Jones and Schimenti are both American citizens and residents of Zion, according to a press release from the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. The 77-page criminal complaint, unveiled at their initial appearance Wednesday afternoon, alleges years of online statements espousing fundamentalist Islam. Jones is even alleged to have used the email address “[email protected],” presumably a reference to Islam’s rejection of Christian trinitarianism.
Both men are alleged to have extensive histories of expressing support for ISIS and its extreme brand of Wahhabist Islam. They adopted their Arab-sounding names, Yusuf Abdulhaqq and Abdul Wali, as online social media handles. Posts from their Facebook and Google+ accounts are alleged to have included: