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Wisconsin woman accused of trying to support ISIS


Washington (WISN) - A Cudahy woman was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday, accused of attempting to provide services, personnel, expert advice and assistance to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

According to the criminal complaint, Waheba Issa Dais, 45, originally of Israel, was promoting the organization's agenda, facilitating recruitment and maintaining a virtual library of instructions on how to make bombs, biological weapons, poisons and suicide vests to assist self-proclaimed ISIS members and supporters in their attack planning.

The complaint says Dais used multiple social media accounts that she hacked and took over from unwitting victims and private social media platforms.

The complaint identified four Facebook accounts that she hacked from Venezuela and Brazil. Facebook security tipped off the FBI.

She provided detailed instructions on how to make Ricin and suggested potential targets for bombing attacks, including street festivals and celebrations in the summer, the complaint says.

In one message, the FBI said Dais asked, "Remember Boston marathon bombing? It was very easy to make. All it needs is a pressure cooker, shrapnel and explosives. Join my channel and research."

"The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is dedicated to identifying and bringing to justice those individuals in Wisconsin who attempt to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations and who promote violent extremism. Today's arrest was made possible by the tireless efforts of our JTTF, including the invaluable contributions of our federal, state and local partners," said Justin Tolomeo, special agent in charge of the FBI Milwaukee Field Office. 

Dais faces a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.

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