Two US men could face up to 15 years in jail after plotting to carry out beheadings in America in the name of Islamic State.
Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Rhode Island, known as Amriki aka Nuh al Andalusi, and David Wright, 25, also known as Dawud Sharif Abdul Khaliq, of Massachusetts, have been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to IS, reported Reuters.
They both conspired to commit attacks within the US, including working together with Wright's uncle, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, to kill the organiser of a Mohammed cartoon exhibit in Texas in May, and later targeted Massachusetts police, the Department of Justice said.
Rovinski appeared in court on Friday (June 12) and Wright is expected to appear on June 19.
Rahim, 26, was shot dead last Tuesday by FBI agents after he was approached in a car park. Authorities said Rahim threatened officers with a knife.
Prosecutors said the three men planned to behead New York blogger Pamela Geller, (who organised an event in Texas highlighting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, where two gunmen had attacked that event, and were later shot dead by police), but then decided to target police officers.
Wright, also known as Dawud Sharif Abdul Khaliq, has been in custody since last week on a charge of obstruction of justice. ISIS has taken control of parts of Iraq, Syria and Libya as part of its efforts to establish a caliphate.