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Two Aurora cousins -- one an Illinois National Guardsman -- plotted to have one carry out a terrorist attack at a northern Illinois military facility while the other traveled overseas to fight with Islamic State, federal authorities alleged Thursday.

Hasan Edmonds, 22, an Army National Guard specialist, was arrested Wednesday night at Midway Airport as he attempted to fly to Cairo to wage violence on behalf of Islamic State, according to authorities.  Edmonds’ cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 29, planned to carry out an act of terrorism on U.S. soil after his cousin departed the country, authorities said.

Both cousins met with an undercover FBI employee and presented a plan to carry out an armed attack against an undisclosed U.S. military facility in northern Illinois where Hasan Edmonds had been training, the criminal complaint alleges.  Jonas Edmonds asked the undercover FBI employee to assist in the attack and said they would use Hasan Edmonds’ uniforms and inside knowledge of how to access the installation and target officers for attack, authorities charged.

Read more: Chicago Tribune

Emergency in the air.  A United Airlines jet forced to return to Dulles International Airport after passengers jumped into action to deal with a disturbance on board.  As Linh Bui explains, they tackled a man who became violent on a Denver-bound flight.  This was quiet a scare for some of the passengers on board a plane Monday night. Shortly after take-off, a passenger on board started screaming and running toward the cockpit.

Passengers tackled the man, pinning him to the floor of the aircraft just minutes after takeoff. The pilots quickly radioed a distress call to air traffic control.  Moments later, air traffic control radioed to confirm the safety of the plane.  The United Airlines Boeing 737 took off from Dulles at 10:24 p.m. heading for Denver. All 33 passengers and six crew members returned safely to Dulles about 20 minutes later.  Law enforcement detained the unruly passenger and took him off the plane.  The man was taken to a DC-area hospital for evaluation. No passenger were injured.  A government official says the unruly passenger screamed “jihad” on the plane.  But there’s nothing in his background to suggest he has a connection to terrorists.

Read more:  CBS Baltimore

A U.S. Air Force veteran has been charged with trying to provide support for the Islamic State militant group, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.  A federal grand jury in New York City indicted Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh for attempting to provide material support to the group and attempted obstruction of justice.  Pugh, 47, of Neptune, N.J., is to be arraigned Wednesday morning in federal court in Brooklyn. Michael Schneider, a court-appointed lawyer for Pugh, said his client would plead not guilty.

Prosecutors allege that Pugh, once an avionics instrument system specialist in the U.S. Air Force, attempted to join Islamic State in January by traveling from Egypt to Turkey and trying to cross the border into Syria.

Read more:  Reuters

Two South Florida brothers are likely to spend decades behind bars after pleading guilty Thursday to plotting with terrorists to blow up New York City landmarks.  Raees Alam Qazi, 22, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 32 — naturalized U.S. citizens from Pakistan who had lived together in Oakland Park before their arrests in 2012 — admitted that they conspired to provide “material support” to terrorists.

In addition, the younger brother also pleaded guilty to attempting to support a foreign terrorist organization, al-Qaida.  Raees Qazi played the lead role as he traveled to New York over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2012 to carry out the plot, including riding round the city on his bicycle to survey target sites such as Wall Street, Times Square and the theater district.

Read more: Miami Herald

About 100 people have joined the Islamic State militant group from countries in the Caribbean and South America, and existing human smuggling networks are in place that could allow them to infiltrate the United States if they return, said a top U.S. general on Thursday.  Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, chief of U.S. Southern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the networks are “so efficient that if a terrorist or almost anyone wants to get into our country, they just pay the fare.”  “No one checks their passports,” the general said. “No one, you know, they don’t go through metal detectors. No one cares why they’re coming. They just ride this network.“

More than 15,000 foreign fighters have poured into the Middle East to join the Islamic State, traveling primarily to Syria. Kelly, who oversees U.S. military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean, acknowledged that the number of fighters coming from his region is small, but said that the countries involved don’t have the ability to monitor those returning well.

Read more:  Washington Post