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Several ISIS Arrests Near D.C. – Suspects Include US Soldiers & Police Officer

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On Monday, The Washington Times reported on a government issued message to police in Northern Virginia that informed the local officers of nine individuals that had been arrested on charges of aiding ISIS since 2014. The report, issued by the Northern Virginia Regional Intelligence Center on December 21, was labeled “law enforcement sensitive” and issued profiles of the nine residents in order to help state and federal agents recognize trends in ISIS’ recruitment of individuals. This specific report detailed Muslims located near D.C. that were intent on becoming mass killers in the name of jihad.

According to the report, all but one of the Northern Virginia residents were in their teens or early 20’s. Among the nine individuals arrested on suspicion of conducting terrorism planning through social media applications were well educated students, a police officer, Army soldiers, and bankers.

The Washington Times obtained the intelligence report detailing the nine individuals.

One man by the name of Ali Shukir Amin pleaded guilty to providing support to the Islamic State and was sentenced to 136 months in prison. Amin ran a pro-ISIS blog and tweeted instructions to ISIS supporters about how to hide money transfers using bitcoin and how to travel to Syria.

A woman by the name of Heather Coffman was sentenced to 54 months in prison after pleading guilty to making a false statement about her involvement in international terrorism. Discharged from the Army after only four months, Coffman worked in sales while she ran Facebook pages promoting ISIS.

Mohammad Bilor Jalloh served as a combat engineer in the Virginia National Guard before pleading guilty to conspiring to help the Islamic State in October. Jalloh allegedly tried to buy firearms with the intention of carrying out a “Fort Hood-style” massacre.

Mohammad Jamal Khaweis, who worked at multiple banks and hotels, was arrested in Turkey for conspiring to aid the Islamic State. He traveled to Syria in 2015 with the intention of becoming a foreign fighter, before changing his mind and escaping.

The oldest of the nine arrested, 36-year-old Nicholas Young, was working s a Metro Police officer before his arrest. Authorities report that he went to Libya to inform ISIS supporters of methods to use to avoid being detected by law enforcement.

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Military Zone to America -Two US Soldiers to Adopt Rescued Dogs from Middle East


October 26,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

SMITHTOWN,  NY, While many people are familiar with the many U.S. soldiers serving in the Middle East, they are not aware of the dogs that often serve alongside them. Some of the dogs serve in official positions helping the military effort, while others are strays that the soldiers become attached to. Rather than having to leave those dogs behind, two U.S. soldiers will be adopting the dogs they have formed bonds with. The dogs will be transported from the military zone in the Middle East where they are stationed, and will be waiting for them upon their return back to the States, thanks to the work of Guardians of Rescue.

“We realize how important these dogs are to the health and well being of the soldiers who have been caring for them and working alongside of them,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are excited that we will be keeping these two dogs with the men who mean so much to them and vice versa. It’s a small gesture that we do for our soldiers that has a big impact.”

The two soldiers, both in the Army, who will be adopting the dogs are Sergeant Christian Cox and Specialist Michael Fenton. They contacted Guardians of Rescue, asking for assistance to help them get the dogs safely back to the U.S. Cox will be adopting Ghost, a stray dog that he has formed a bond with, while Fenton will be adopting Amigo, a bomb detection dog that was just retired of his duties.

The plans are currently under way for Guardians of Rescue to fly to where the two soldiers are stationed in the Middle East, and bring the two dogs, Amigo and Ghost, to Pennsylvania, where they will be placed with the soldiers’ families and wait for the return of the soldiers themselves. Both dogs are currently being cared for by the soldiers, and the organization is working as quickly as possible to bring them safely to the U.S. In addition, Guardians of Rescue is sending one of their retired military members to escort and ensure the dogs have safe passage to America.

“We are very honored to be helping the military and these dogs,” adds Misseri. “But we need your support to accomplish our goal of raising $10,000 – which is the funds required to get the dogs out of the Middle East and into their forever homes in America.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements.. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log

About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at