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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Philadelphia Mom Who Wanted To Join ISIS Sentenced To Eight Years In Jail

A mother of two from Philadelphia is heading to jail for eight years after attempting to join the Islamic State.


Keonna Thomas, a 33-year-old mother, told the judge presiding over her case Wednesday that she was badly misled, the Associated Press reports.
Thomas pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS in 2016, following her arrest by FBI agents in 2015.
Although Thomas began voicing support for terrorism as early as August 2013, she eventually moved beyond expressing support and decided to become more actively involved in the terror scene. She contacted radical cleric Abdullah el-Faisal, in order to find a jihadist husband. Notably, the New York Police Department is requesting that Jamaica extradite Faisal to the U.S. after the state issued an indictment.
Thomas adopted the name Fatayat Al Khilafah while advocating for jihadist ideology online and tried to raise money for ISIS terror activities. She once stated that being part of a martyrdom mission “would be amazing” and married an ISIS fighter over Skype named Abu Khalid al-Amriki, planning to abandon her children and join him later in Syria.


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