Colorado teen arrested for trying to join Syria jihadists

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Denver, CO, United States (4E) – A 19-year-old girl from Arvada, Colorado is under arrest and facing charges of aiding terrorists for attempting to join a jihadist suitor in Syria, according to a U.S. criminal complaint and a supporting affidavit unsealed on Wednesday.

Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, was arrested by FBI agents at Denver International Airport on April 8 as she tried to board a flight to Frankfurt, Germany, from where she will fly to Turkey and travel to Adana near the border with Syria, said the April 9 federal criminal complaint filed in the Denver U.S. District Court.

Conley, a licensed nurse’s aide, plans to become the wife of her 32-year-old Tunisian suitor and fighter, help care for his injured Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) comrades and go to the battlefield if needed, the affidavit said. She also trained in U.S. military tactics and in firearms with the U.S. Army Explorers and plans to train Islamic Jihadi fighters on what she learned.

Conley is being held without bail while waiting for her trial, said Jeff Dorschner of the local U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A federal judge ordered the documents unsealed only on Wednesday because an investigation was ongoing.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated Conley for about eight months before arresting her April 8, according to the. Federal agents met with her parents, warning them of their daughter’s radical beliefs to no avail.

If convicted, Conley could face up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or both.

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