Massive ISIS Arrest Made in Virginia
Nine individuals alleged to have given material aid to the Islamic State group were arrested in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of northern Virginia, according to The Washington Times.
The Times reported the arrests on Monday, although the nine individuals were named in a bulletin sent out by the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center in a message to police marked “law enforcement sensitive.”
“Such reports are designed to help state and federal agents recognize trends in the types of individuals who are influenced by the Islamic State’s message and how they communicate across terrorist networks,” The Washington Times said.
“They included a police officer, a Starbucks barista, Army soldiers, bankers and a cabdriver. Four of the nine graduated from northern Virginia high schools, one with honors. Two attended Northern Virginia Community College,” they added.
The nine were accused of promoting propaganda to recruit for the Islamic State group, which is based in Syria and Iraq. Perhaps most notable is that not all of them appeared to have been your usual terrorists, as the names of the accused included Heather Coffman and Nicholas Young.
One of the individuals — Reza Niknejad — traveled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group and was charged in absentia. Seven of the nine pleaded guilty to their charges. One, police officer Nicholas Young, was awaiting trial.