USA: Six accused of helping Islamic State, al-Qaida

Two people from Illinois were among six people charged by the U.S. Justice Department with aiding terrorists in an indictment unsealed Friday.

All six are natives of Bosnia who immigrated to the United States; they are all charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists and with providing material support to terrorists, including Islamic State militants in Syria and al-Qaida in Iraq.

The two Illinois residents — Medy Salkicevic, 34, of Schiller Park, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and Jasminka Ramic, 42 of Rockford, a legal permanent resident — are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Saturday. In all, five of the six have been arrested, while the sixth is overseas, federal officials said.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan of the Eastern District of Missouri and Special Agent in Charge William P. Woods of the FBI’s St. Louis Division announced the indictments for terrorist-related crimes.

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