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An Arvada woman charged with aiding a foreign terrorist organization has agreed to change her plea to guilty.  Conley, 19, is charged with conspiracy to provide support to ISIS, or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Dorschner said in a statement released Monday morning that a plea hearing has yet to be scheduled in the case.

Court documents claim Conley joined the Army Explorers to be trained in U.S. military tactics and firearms, and that she told the FBI she wanted to wage Jihad and to go overseas and fight.  She attended middle school in Loveland, then Arvada West High School before transferring to Ralston Valley then back to Arvada West.  Conley was first picked up on the FBI’s radar at the Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada where she was wearing Islamic garb. She told investigators, “If they think I’m a terrorist, I’ll give them something to think I am.”  She also had a number of CDs and DVDs labeled “Anwar Al-Awlaki” that were recovered. Al-Awlaki was the Colorado educated terror suspect assassinated by a U.S. drone missile in Yemen.

Read more: CBS Denver

A North Carolina man suspected of being a terrorist sympathizer was arrested at JFK Airport in New York as he returned from Lebanon, a law enforcement official told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton.  The man, 44-year-old Donald Morgan, was arrested on firearms charges on August 2 and was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in federal court in Brooklyn.

The suspect apparently caught the attention of U.S. counterterrorism agents via his Twitter rants in support of Iraqi extremist militants.  One federal source said at Morgan's arraignment in Brooklyn federal court, prosecutors argued that no bail be set because he presented a threat to the community. They claimed he had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also known as ISIL) on Twitter. They also claimed he was a flight risk because he allegedly told arresting FBI agents that he planned to return to Lebanon with a few days.

Read more: CBS News

A government database of known or suspected terrorists doubled in size in recent years, The Associated Press has learned. The growth is the result of intelligence agencies submitting names more often after a near-miss attack in 2009.

There were 1.1 million people in the database at the end of 2013, according to newly released figures from the National Counterterrorism Center, which maintains the information. There were about 550,000 people in the database in March 2010.  The Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE, is a huge, classified database of people known to be terrorists, those who are suspected of having ties to terrorism, and in some cases those who are related to or are associates of known or suspected terrorists. It feeds to smaller lists that restrict peoples' abilities to travel on commercial airlines to or within the U.S.

Read more:  ABC News

An Al Qaeda wannabe terrorist linked to the New York City subway bombing plotters has decided he will act as his own lawyer at his upcoming trial in Brooklyn Federal Court.  Prosecutors allege that Abid Naseer was part of an international conspiracy tasked with carrying out terrorist attacks in the operatives’ home countries of England, the U.S. and Norway.

Naseer, 28, shared the same email account and Al Qaeda handle as the three Queens men — Najibullah Zazi, Zarein Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin — who were ready to detonate backpack bombs in crowded subway trains in Manhattan. Naseer, a Pakistani national, was a member of a terror cell in England and was allegedly going to carry out an attack — referred to in code as “the wedding” — in Manchester in 2009.

Naseer told Federal Judge Raymond Dearie on Friday that he could not be held responsible for the seizure in his home of industrial flour and oil used to make explosives — the same ingredients Zazi was trained to use — because he shared a communal kitchen with eight others.  Homegrown terrorists Bryant Neal Vinas of Long Island and Zazi and Ahmedzay of Flushing, Queens, are expected to testify against him about receiving training at the same terror camp in Pakistan.  Naseer faces life in prison if convicted.

Source: New York Daily News

An Al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.

The Nusra Front released the new video late Friday showing American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, 22, with other fighters before the May 25 attack that targeted several army positions at the same time. It said two of the other three suicide attackers in the assault in the government-held northwestern city of Idlib were from foreign countries, including one who was identified as being from the Maldives.

Abu-Salha appears smiling in the video and speaks in broken Arabic.  "I want to rest in the afterlife, in heaven. There is nothing here and the heart is not resting," Abu-Salha says. "Heaven is better. When people die they either go to heaven or hell. There is happiness beyond explanation."

Read more:  Fox News