FBI agents tried more than once to discourage a 19-year-old suburban Denver woman who said she was intent on waging jihad in the Middle East before they arrested her in April as she boarded a flight at the start of a trip to Syria, newly unsealed court documents show.
Shannon Maureen Conley had told agents she wanted to use her military training from the U.S. Army Explorers in a holy war overseas, even though she knew it was illegal, according to the federal court records released Wednesday. Her “legitimate targets of attack” included U.S. military facilities, government employees and public officials, the documents say.
Conley, a radicalized Muslim convert, was arrested April 8 at Denver International Airport, telling agents she planned to live with a suitor she met online, apparently a Tunisian man who claimed to be fighting for an al-Qaida splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The militant group also known as ISIL or ISIS has recently overrun parts of Iraq and Syria.
Conley has been charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization. Her federal public defender did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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