Charges: WI men planned to travel to Syria, Iraq to support the Islamic State

The two suspects were arrested in Texas.
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Two Wisconsin men had plans to travel to Mexico, where they would then get the necessary travel documents and other aid to head overseas and fight for the Islamic State, according to charges filed Friday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, in a news release, said the two men were recently arrested near San Angelo, Texas.

Jason Michael Ludke, 35 years old and from Milwaukee, is one of the men. He's charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, which is a designated terrorist group.

Yosvany Padylla-Conde, who is also from Milwaukee and 30 years old, was charged with aiding and abetting Ludke.

Reuters has some details from the criminal complaint, which says an undercover FBI agent was messaged by Ludke, who then said he intended to travel to Syria and Iraq.

Both men face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 max fine if convicted.

“The United States is committed to identifying and arresting persons intent on providing material support to foreign terrorist organizations. Those organizations pose a threat to United States' interests at home and abroad.” said U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad in the release.

The charges are similar to those filed against 10 Minnesota men in recent years – six of which pleaded guilty, and three of which were found guilty in a court of law. The 10th is believed to be overseas.

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