Virginia woman‌ offered ISIL help, arrested in undercover sting‌

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- A Virginia woman has been charged with lying to authorities about her involvement with ISIL and was arrested in an undercover sting operation.

Heather Elizabeth Coffman, 29, allegedly used social media to show her support for the ISIL and even offered to help someone in the United States connect with the group in Syria.

According to the FBI, Coffman was in touch with a person interested in joining the group; unbeknownst to her, that someone was a federal official. She explained that she had helped her “husband” travel to Turkey to meet up with ISIL agents who could get him to the front lines in Syria and even outlined the specific details of her plan, but said that she and her husband separated, so he never made the trip.

Coffman “is suspected of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the ISIL terrorists, a foreign terrorist organization,” the FBI’s affidavit read.

The FBI became aware of Coffman’s presence online when they noticed an increase in her support for ISIL, which she expressed on her Facebook account.

“We are all ISIS, Islamic State of Iraq & Sham,” Coffman posted on June 23, according to the FBI’s affidavit.

She even went so far in her support as to try and convince her sister to join her in supporting the group, the FBI said. Coffman posted about that experience as well and noted that her dad was “a little angry because I got her into all this jihad stuff.”

But Coffman’s attorney said that his client has never met with ISIS agents and simply used her social network to express herself.




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