Two men were charged by federal authorities Thursday with conspiring with Colleen LaRose, the Montgomery County woman who identified herself as "Jihad Jane," and others to recruit men and women to wage "violent jihad" against others in foreign countries.
Among the allegations, the two charged – an Algerian man who lived in Ireland and a Pakistani man living in Maryland – solicited funds to support terrorism, including plans of killing Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who offended Muslims by depicting the Prophet Mohamed as a dog, according to the indictment filed by the FBI in the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
In February, LaRose, a 48-year-old Pennsburg woman who referred to herself as Jihad Jane and Fatima LaRose in online chats with other terrorists, pleaded guilty to four counts, including conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to kill in a foreign country.
LaRose and a Colorado woman were the first indicted in April 2010 for plotting with others to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe. Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 32, of Leadville, Colo., pleaded guilty in March on a single count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists
The new indictment alleges that from 2008 to July this year:
Ali Charaf Damache, a 46-year-old Algerian man who identified himself as "Theblackflag," and Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, of Ellicot City, Md., and others planned a violent jihad organization consisting of men and women from Europe and the United States.
The organization would be divided into a planning team, a research team, an action team, a recruitment team and a finance team and some in the organization would travel to South Asia for explosives training and return to Europe to wage violent jihad.
The allegations against Damache and Khalid recruiting "brothers and sisters" who could travel freely with European passports. According to court documents, LaRose stole her boyfriend's passport for use in international terrorism. She gave that passpport to Khalid, court records say.
Damache was arrested in Ireland in March 2010 and is being held there on unrelated charges. If the U.S. seeks his extradition, he will stand trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Khalid was arrested in Maryland on July 6 and is currently in Pennsylvania.