Mar 9, 2010 5:06 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

American woman charged with recruiting jihadists online

A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with using the Internet to recruit jihadist fighters and help terrorists overseas. Authorities say the case shows how terror groups are looking to recruit Americans to help carry out their goals.

A federal indictment charges Colleen R. LaRose with agreeing to kill a Swedish citizen on orders from the terrorists and traveling to Europe to carry out the killing. It doesn't say whether the Swede was killed.

U.S. Attorney Michael Levy says the indictment doesn't link LaRose to any organized terror groups.

The indictment describes LaRose as in her 40s and from Montgomery County, in suburban Philadelphia. LaRose has been in custody since Oct. 15. She was in court the next day but didn't enter a plea.

Telephone calls placed Tuesday to her federal public defenders haven't been returned.


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