Here are five new US ISIS updates:
The FBI released disconcerting photos of the bombs planted in South Carolina by ISIS-supporter Wesley Dallas Ayers, 27, one of which was disguised as a teddy bear designed to attract children.
The bomb was left on the side of a road in a wicker basket and in a place frequented by children. The eyes of the bear glowed for maximum attraction. One man was burned by the bomb while driving past it with his daughter.
Ayers was sentenced in February 2019 to 30 years in prison after placing three real bombs and three fake ones in Anderson County.
Ayers had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. On one of the bombs, he attached a note in Arabic saying the worst was yet to come and referring to Osama bin Laden.
Two Chicago men were convicted Thursday of conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.
Joseph D. Jones and Edward Schimenti, both 37 and residents of Zion, Illinois, were charged with sharing disturbing ISIS videos, fantasizing about the ISIS flag “on top of the White House” and furnishing cell phones to be used as detonators for attacks overseas.
Schimenti was also convicted for making false statements to the FBI.
Beginning in 2015, they met with undercover FBI agents several times as well as civilians who were cooperating with law enforcement. At these meetings, Jones and Schimenti expressed their dedication to ISIS and violent extremist values.
In 2017, they drove someone to O’Hare International Airport with the understanding that he was traveling to Syria to fight for ISIS. They also shared pictures of themselves holding the ISIS flag at the Illinois Beach State Park as well as a video which outlined the numerous ways to stab someone.
When asked by an undercover agent if he ever thought about joining ISIS, Jones replied, “Every night and day.”
Musleh was arrested in 2016 when he was an 18-year-old high school student. He expressed his allegiance to the Islamic State on social media and did online research on how to manufacture explosives. Musleh also made several failed attempts to join ISIS in Syria.
Nicholas Young had been on the FBI’s radar since 2010 when he began meeting with Amine El Khalifi, who was arrested in 2012 for plotting an attack on the U.S. Capitol building.
In 2011, he traveled to Libya with body armor and other military equipment and told informants he had joined rebel groups there. He was arrested in 2016 after purchasing $200 worth of gift cards to support ISIS through mobile messaging accounts. He was originally sentenced to 15 years in prison for obstruction of justice and attempting to provide support to a terrorist group.
A federal appeals court dismissed the obstruction conviction and ordered a new sentencing hearing, which also resulted in a 15-year prison term.
Young is the first member of law enforcement to be charged for federal terrorism
New details were revealed about Mustafa Mousab Alowemer, a Syrian refugee who was arrested last week for plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on a Pittsburgh church.
Alowemer was in the process of attempting to obtain a green card to become a permanent resident of the United States. His green card application was filed and pending when he was arrested Wednesday, June 10, 2019, for planning to bomb the Legacy International Worship Center.