A Colorado woman has admitted she moved to Ireland in 2009 to join a terrorist cell that hoped to incite Islamic holy war. She conspired with others to get military training in South Asia and moved to Ireland to join the group.
Her lawyer, Jeremy Ibrahim, said she was "part of something that was much larger, much more complex than she ever knew.”
Thirty-two-year-old, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez's papers, released this week, showed the goals of the Algerian man she had married in Ireland, according to the “Boston Globe.” He sought "brother and sisters" to train with the group known as "Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.”
The group, an Al Qaeda offshoot, focuses its efforts inside Algeria and has never attempted an attack on the United States.
A short time after Paulin-Ramirez arrived in Ireland she was married to this man in an Islamic ceremony. The couple had never met in person.
Prosecutors told the court that Paulin-Ramirez knew her U.S. passport and western looks could be useful to the group.
Paulin-Ramirez's lawyer said she was a sincere religious convert who married "for the love of Islam, not for the love of her husband.”
“She ended up being part of something that was much larger, much more complex than she ever knew."
Jeremy Ibrahim is charged as part of the same case as Colleen LaRose, who named herself "Jihad Jane.’’ Paulin-Ramirez could serve up to 15 years in prison.