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Pa. woman accused of recruitin jihadists online

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - She's an American convert to Islam, who allegedly called herself JihadJane online. And authorities say a Pennsylvania woman expressed a willingness to become a martyr on behalf of Muslims.

A federal indictment says Colleen LaRose used the Internet to recruit jihadist fighters and help terrorists overseas -- and that she even agreed to move to Europe to try to kill a Swede. An official says she had targeted a Swedish cartoonist who depicted Mohammed with the body of a dog.

According to the indictment, she wrote to a co-conspirator last year that because of her physical appearance -- she has blond hair and blue eyes -- she'd be able to "blend in with many people" in Sweden.

Authorities say she lived near Philadelphia before moving to Europe in August of last year. She was arrested in Philadelphia in October, and has been in federal custody since then.

A Justice Department official says the charges reflect "the evolving nature of the threat we face."


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