Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, fell in love with an ISIS militant and was on her way to Syria to join the terrorist group when she was busted by the FBI, officials say.
1. This is 19-year-old Shannon Maureen Conley, the Denver teen accused of aiding the foreign terrorist organization, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
In April, Conley was arrested at Denver International Airport, bound for the Syria–Turkey border. Newly unsealed court documents reveal that Conley intended to join a man she described as her “suitor” and an ISIS militant.
3. Prior to her arrest, Conley, a registered nurse, had been under investigation by the FBI for almost a year.
According to court documents, Conley, who converted to Islam, voluntarily met on numerous occasions with FBI agents and detailed her desire to carry out Jihad in a foreign country to defend her faith.
Conley’s Facebook profile. She had changed her named to Halima and listed her work and educated as “Slave Of Allah.”
5. The FBI began looking into Conley in late 2013 when she was reported for “suspicious activity” outside a Christian church near her home in Denver.
According to court documents, on Nov. 5, 2013, the pastor of the Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colo., reported seeing Conley near the church with a notebook diagramming the campus.
When confronted by police, Conley reportedly asked, “Why is this church afraid of a terrorist attack?”
ISIS fighters parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces vehicle in Mosul, Iraq.
7. Following her confrontation with the Faith Bible Chapel, Conley began meeting regularly with the FBI and discussed her desire to wage jihad.
In a December 2013 interview with the FBI, Conley told investigators she intended to join the U.S. Army Explorers program so that she could get the military training necessary to go overseas and wage jihad, according to court documents.
She also allegedly told the FBI that she hoped to train Islamist jihadi fighters in U.S. military tactics. Conley said she previously wanted to join the U.S. Army but thought the military would not accept her due to her religious beliefs and her wearing of a hijab and niqab, officials said.
9. In February 2014, Conley told investigators that she underwent the military training with the U.S. Army Explorers which she enjoyed.