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Algerian Man Pleads Guilty To Working With Pennsylvania Woman And Other Conspirators To Help Terrorists

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An Algerian man pleaded guilty to working alongside a Pennsylvania woman and other conspirators to help terrorists conduct jihad operations in Europe, according to the Department of Justice.

Algerian national and Irish citizen Ali Charaf Damache, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, Colleen R. LaRose and other unidentified individuals allegedly supported and recruited people for a terrorist cell to “wage violent jihad in and around Europe,” according to a Monday DOJ press release. LaRose, a Pennsylvania resident at the time of the alleged crimes, was also known as JihadJane. The terrorist cell consisted of American and European men and women.

Damache was indicted in 2011 for attempted identity theft and conspiracy, both to help with international terrorism efforts. American officials also extradited Demache in 2017 from Spain. (RELATED: 24 Sentenced In Massive India-Based Call Center Scam, Several Face Deportation Orders)

Damache, Khalid and LaRose allegedly recruited men through the internet for jihad in Europe and South Asia. Women who supported violent jihad, had passports and were able to travel around Europe were also recruited.

LaRose is a Muslim convert, Irish news organization The Journal.ie reported Tuesday. LaRose was sentenced to 10 years in prison for her involvement in the conspiracy, the DOJ reported.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 30 and Damache agreed to a 15-year sentence, according to the DOJ report. Damache also waived his rights to appeal his sentencing and will be deported back to either Ireland or Algeria after serving time in prison.

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