A 19-year-old woman intent on travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), marrying her Tunisian suitor and waging jihad was arrested by the FBI as she was about to board an overseas flight at Denver International Airport.
In a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday, Shannon Maureen Conley was charged by the FBI with knowingly providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, ABC7 KMGH reported.
Since she started acting suspiciously in September at the Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colo., the Muslim convert met repeatedly with FBI agents who tried to convince her to use her talents in peaceful and productive ways, to no avail.
Even candid conversations with her parents proved fruitless, as she openly admitted she had met a 32-year-old Tunisian suitor over the internet who was fighting in Syria and whom she wanted to marry, despite not receiving her father’s blessing.
“Conley felt that Jihad is the only answer to correct the wrongs against the Muslim world,” according to the FBI documents.
She also told federal investigators agents quite openly, that it was okay to kill women, children and chaplains on U.S. military bases because they had no business being at legitimate targets.
“It is acceptable to attack westerners when engaged in defensive jihad” and that “legitimate targets of attack include military facilities and personnel, government facilities and personnel, and public officials,” she stated, according to the FBI’s affidavit.
Conley showed Special Agent Karim Khomssi and others her guerilla warfare books with passages on assaulting motorcades underlined, and admitted her training in U.S. Army Explorers was to enable her to wage jihad overseas, ABC7 reported.
The FBI learned in early April that a one-way ticket to Adnan, Turkey had been purchased and arrested her on April 8 at the Denver airport. In her luggage they discovered DVDs and CDs labeled “Anwar al-Awlaki,” an al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen by a U.S. drone strike, a list of contacts, and phone numbers the FBI considered very important.
Watch the report via ABC7 KMGH.
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