Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Virginia Woman Charged with Supporting ISIS; Arranged for Man to Get into Syria to Join ISIS

A Virginia woman faces a federal charge after being accused of promoting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in social media and offering to help an undercover agent get a friend into Syria to join the radical Muslim group, the Fox News website reports today (November 18, 2014).

Heather Elizabeth Coffman of Henrico County made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court yesterday and was ordered held until a November 19 hearing, court documents show. She is charged with making a materially false statement about an offense involving terrorism.

According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent, Coffman promoted the organization known as ISIS on several Facebook accounts she maintained under various names. Those posts prompted a sting by the agent, who posed as an Islamic State backer.

The agent wrote in the affidavit that Coffman talked about making arrangements for a man she identified as her husband to train and fight with ISIS in Syria. She said the man -- who is not named in court papers -- backed out when the couple split up.

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