Cabrera, Ray. "Colorado Teen Pleads Guilty in Plan to Join ISIS." CNN. January 1, 1970. Accessed September 11, 2014.
A Colorado teen is arrested and pleaded guilty in joining the ISIS. The ISIS, also known as The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East. They self proclaimed themselves as a caliphate. They claim religious authority over all the Muslims in the world and brings them under it’s political control beginning with Iraq, Syria and some other countries in the Levant region which includes Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus, and a part of southern Turkey. Shannon Conley’s plan was to join the ISIS and serve as a nurse at a jihadist camp ended when she was arrested at the Denver International Airport in April. She was about to go on a journey to Germany and then to an ISIS camp near the Turkish border. She told investigators that she was going ...view middle of the document...
U.S. authorities arrested a man in August 2 from returning overseas; whom they say is a sympathizer of the ISIS. Donald Ray Morgan was arrested at the John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. He was returning from Germany when they found illegal weapons on him. Even though the court documents make no mention of the ISIS connection, officials have drawn their attention in Morgan’s online activities, making Twitter postings in support of the terrorist group. The second case is a 20-year-old California man who told authorities he wanted to go to Syria and join the ISIS. He was first arrested for traveling with a fake passport and was then questioned. Adam Dandach, the suspect told federal agents he planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS, "a known terrorist organization, that he would assist ISIS with anything the ISIS asked him to do, and that he believed the killings of U.S. soldiers are justified killings."
Despite of all the other cases of Americans who have tried to join the ISIS, there is no specific number, officials say. There may be thousands of Americans in the U.S. right now that might be working or associated with the ISIS but we may never know. Eric Holder, an attorney general estimated this summer that there are 7,000 foreign fighters in the war-ravaged Middle Eastern nation. There is no other way to look at this issue because you may never know who and how many people are planned or is planning to join the ISIS.
Some historical parallels are from the American Revolutionary war where Benedict Arnold betrayed the U.S. to be with the British army. Another one is in World War II where German spies came to U.S. land. The overall summary of this article is that I am not surprised at all about U.S. citizens that may be associated and working for the ISIS. I am sure there are many more than thousands in this country. It could be your neighbor, or even a person who you see in school. You may never know. The U.S should be more cautious about this situation. Any person with any suspicious act of terrorism should be reported and watched carefully, but then again you may never know.