Jihad Jane: U.S. Housewife Indicted for Terrorism

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WASHINGTON -- Federal agents say an American middle-aged white woman from Pennsylvania is the new face of terror.

Colleen LaRose, dubbed "Jihad Jane," has been accused of plotting with Islamic terrorists overseas.

Not Your Typical Terrorist

LaRose is not your typical looking jihadist -- a blonde, green eyed housewife from suburban Philadelphia. It has left her neighbors are scratching their heads.

"It's hard to believe that this happened," LaRose's former neighbor Edwin Miller said. "I still don't understand it all."

CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck spoke with Pat Robertson on Wednesday's The 700 Club about the case and on the role of the Internet in homegrown jihad. Click play to watch the interview.

For an update on this and more Stakelbeck analysis, click here to watch.

"She looks like an everyday housewife," another former neighbor Renee Herbert said. "We did laundry and passed each other in the laundry room."

But authorities say 46-year-old LaRose, born in San Angelo, Texas, was doing more than just laundry. They say she was on the Internet recruiting jihadists to commit acts of terrorism in Europe and south Asia.

On the Web, the female Muslim convert called herself "Jihad Jane" and also went by "Fatima Rose."

The indictment against her also says that she was ordered by Muslim militants to go to Sweden and kill a Swedish artist who depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad as a dog.

Jihad Jane said she would make killing the artist, "my goal till I achieve it or die trying".

"I think we now are seeing the successful recruitment in the United States of non-Muslim people initially to get involved in Jihad," former FBI Special Agent Brad Garrett said.

"The whole terrorist community are looking to women as a place to expand - and also to be able to go into places they perhaps were not able to go into previously," he said.

LaRose has actually been in custody for several months, but authorities are just now making her alleged crimes public knowledge.

In addition to her arrest, seven other Muslims from Morocco and Yemen were arrested in Ireland this past week. They too have been charged with trying to kill the Swedish artist. Three of the suspects are women.

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