Feds: Colorado Teen Tried to Help ISIS Fiance

She met Tunisian militant online

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 3, 2014 12:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – A young nurse in Colorado is in custody, charged with trying to support ISIS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria, authorities say. According to newly unsealed court records, 19-year-old Shannon Maureen Conley told FBI investigators she had met a Tunisian militant online and agreed to be his wife and work as a nurse in an ISIS camp near the Turkish border, reports CNN. She was arrested when she tried to board a flight out of the country in early April and has been in custody since, accused of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiring to commit an offense against the US, Reuters reports.

The teen first came to the attention of authorities last year, when she was reported for behaving strangely at a Baptist church, the Denver Post reports. She was interviewed by the FBI multiple times and told them that she was "ready to wage jihad," according to court documents. Earlier this year, she underwent military tactics and firearms training with the US Army Explorers. In what federal agents describe as frank and open conversations, Conley was warned repeatedly that her plans to travel to the Middle East could result in her arrest but she didn't waver, even after agents contacted her parents in an attempt to moderate her views.

Conley was arrested when she tried to board a plane at Denver International Airport.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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