Wisconsin Woman Charged With Helping ISIS to Prepare Terror Attacks

June 14, 2018 Updated: June 14, 2018    

A Wisconsin woman has been arrested and charged with recruiting and training potential terrorists for ISIS.

According to a June 13 statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, Waheba Issa Dais allegedly hacked a number of social media accounts, which she then used to recruit on behalf of ISIS. Dais, 45, is an Arab-Israeli who is currently a permanent resident living in Cudahy, Wisconsin.

“Dais used one of her pro-ISIS accounts to encourage an individual, whom she believed to be an ISIS supporter, to conduct an attack in the name of ISIS,” the DOJ said.

According to the DOJ, she provided that individual with detailed instructions on how to produce the deadly poison ricin and then suggested she put it in water reservoirs.

In another social media post, she allegedly proposed suggested targets for bombing attacks, such as street festivals and other celebrations in the summer.

Dais also maintained a virtual library of instructions on how to make bombs, biological weapons, poisons, and suicide vests. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

Earlier this week, on June 11, the DOJ sentenced a New York man to 15 years in prison after he was found to have attempted to provide ISIS with material support and resources.

Arafat M. Nagi, 47, traveled to Turkey twice with the intention of meeting with ISIS terrorists. According to the DOJ Nagi had pledged an oath to ISIS and expressed agreement with ISIS tactics, including the killing of innocent men, women, and children.

ISIS gained control over large pieces of Iraq and Syria in 2014. After coming to office last year, President Donald Trump has made destroying the group a key focus of his administration. After a sustained bombing campaign, and the collaboration of U.S. special forces with local groups on the ground, such as the Kurds and the Iraqi army, ISIS has lost control over two of its main strongholds, Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.