A Wisconsin mother of seven has pleaded guilty to trying to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of the Islamic State terror network by distributing information on making explosives and biological weapons, according to reports.
Waheba Issa Dais entered her plea Monday but the agreement was finalized last month, Fox 6 reported.
The mother, who lives in Cudahy, a city just south of Milwaukee, faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 12.
She initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of providing material support to terrorists but prosecutors dropped one of the charges in exchange for her guilty plea.
Court documents said she used hacked social media accounts to discuss possible attacks with self-proclaimed members of ISIS.
Prosecutors said Dais tried to recruit people to carry out attacks and provided information on making explosives and poisons.
“These cases demonstrate the continuing and evolving terrorism threat posed by foreign terrorism organizations,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Matthew Krueger said.
Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.
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A pro-ISIS Telegram channel has posted a step-by-step guide on how to procure weapons anonymously on the dark web and use them in revenge attacks against the West.
The message, which was written in English and directed at militant Muslims, starts off with a Q&A display on how radicals who want to avenge the death of an Islamic State (ISIS) member can do so by buying untraceable weapons.
The post also provides a tutorial that “details steps and measures to anonymously access the Deep Web through the TOR browser, anonymous email service and Bitcoins,” according to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
The dark web is a part of the Internet that is hidden and lies beyond the reach of conventional search engines. Users are mostly anonymous and, untraceable, and they pay for services or goods with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Tor was designed as an encrypted browser that uses special coding to keep browsing histories secret.
The post on Telegram, an encrypted communication app, seeks out the “lone wolves in the land of unbelievers” and recommends LUCKP47 SHOP: the “best armory in the dark web.”
The Lucky 47 Luhansk Counter Kiev Partisans Dark Market describes itself as a “paramilitary organization” and advertises that all of its weapons are “fully functional.” Its page provides contact information and lists weapons – RPGs, grenades and automatic rifles — for delivery anywhere in the world.
The Telegram post starts off asking, “Do you live with unbelievers in the same country, the same city, in the same building?”
In increasingly alarming language, it continues: “Every day you see on the news your brothers in #Baghouz being killed by atomic bombs, banned missiles and Phosphorous shells?… You want to take revenge right?…You want to make unbelievers bleed? You want to make them pay for killing children and woman in #Baghouz and in every state of the #Dawlah (Islamic State)?”
The question-and-answer part of the advertisement continues:
Q: Do you have a rifle?
Q: A pistol?
Q: You got money?
A: Yes. Allah be praised.
Next it says, “Okay brother follow these steps and by the willing of Allah you will find what you need!”
According to MEMRI, the last part of the post was written by a known ISIS operative.
He boasts: “Finally you can buy all weapons that you need to make unbelievers bleed inside their cities!! You can even buy Frag grenades and all type of ammunition. And remember that: a disbeliever and a believer who killed him will never be gathered together in hell.”
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The status of the most wanted man in the world remains unknown, but authorities are continuing to piece together clues indicating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is at least alive.
Documents revealed this month by The Sunday Times showed that ISIS leadership had not only tasked members with “bringing in migrants” as a means to funnel finances and fighters from the crumpled “caliphate” in Syria into Europe and orchestrate attacks, but one letter in-particular among the document trove was specifically addressed to Baghdadi.
The December-dated letter, reportedly signed by six leaders, detailed the terrorist outfit’s blueprint for operations in the wake of lost territory – ranging from bank robberies to computer hacking to vehicle rammings. Another letter to Baghdadi late last year, signed by ISIS commander Abu Taher al-Tajiki, lays out an array of potential target sites for striking in Europe.
The letters underscore that not only is ISIS seemingly devoted to overseeing global attacks, but that its shadowy commander still pulls rank.
“The latest information is that he is still in the Syrian desert, and could not enter into the Iraqi side because of concerns about evading the security measures on the borders,” Sabah al Namaan, Baghdadi’s spokesperson for the counterterrorism agency, told Fox News late last month, stressing that finding the shadowy figure remains of critical importance due to the “symbolic significance” Baghdadi holds in governing the brutal terrorist outfit.
Hisham al Hashimi, a member of the National Reconciliation Commission and a researcher in extremism and terrorism affairs in Iraq, who advises Baghdad and several foreign governments on terrorist activity, said the latest security analysis has pinpointed Baghdadi in “three possible locations.” Two of those are in the arid Syrian wasteland – Tadmur or Homs desert – and the third is just over the border, on the Iraq side.
“All these locations are very wide and very large with around 200 square miles,” Hashimi noted. “He is a specialist at knowing how to survive, using different disguises and only with two people – his brother and his driver – with him.”
He also pointed out that the assumption was that Baghdadi was never in Baghouz, the final Syrian battle zone which fell last month, during the fight, but is believed to have “motivated” his fighters prior to the last showdown.
Baghdadi remains the world’s most wanted man, with the United States continuing to offer up to $25 million for information leading to his location. While most of his closest aides and confidantes have been slaughtered in the years of intense fighting, the leader is broadly believed to be alive, and still very much in the sights of U.S., SDF and Iraq elite forces.
He is also believed to have survived a coup effort from within his own ranks in January when several senior fighters attempted to oust him by leading him from his hideout into a firefight with foreign fighters. But he was reportedly whisked away by his security.
The elusive terror chieftain, who is around 47 years old, has only ever made one known public appearance. That was in July 2014 when he surfaced at the historic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul to declare himself the “caliph” in the weeks after the group took control of Iraq’s second-largest city.
Since then, unproven claims of Baghdadi’s death have run the discourse from time to time.
“Until a body is found,” one high-ranking Iraqi intel chief said. “We believe is alive.”
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The U.S. military said Monday it had killed the second in command of a Somalia-based ISIS affiliate in an airstrike over the weekend.
In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said Abdulhakim Dhuqub died in the Bari region of Somalia, an area which includes the tip of the Horn of Africa peninsula.
The statement referred to Dhuqub as ISIS-Somalia’s “second in command” and responsible for the “daily operations of the extremist group, attack planning, and resource procurement.”
Africa Command said the strike killed only Dhuqub, and also destroyed a vehicle.
“We continue to work with our Somali partners to keep pressure on the al-Shabaab and ISIS Somalia terror networks,” said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, U.S. Africa Command’s director of operations. “When it supports the strategy, we use precision airstrikes to target those who plan and carry out the violent extremist activities that put Somalis at risk.”
Not much is known about Dhuqub; his name does not appear on the State Dept.’s Reward for Justice website normally reserved for top terrorists and there is not much information publicly available online. ISIS-Somalia is a relatively small terrorist group consisting of roughly 125 fighters, according to officials.
The strike took place days after Somalia’s prime minister Hassan Khayre visited the White House and the Pentagon.
The U.S. military has launched 31 airstrikes in Somalia this year, following a record-setting 47 last year. In 2017, President Trump authorized the military to conduct offensive strikes in Somalia against Al Qaeda-linked Shabab fighters as well as the ISIS affiliate.
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ISIS has tasked one of its terror bosses with moving militants out of Syria and into Europe, newly procured documents show.
Newly obtained documents by The Sunday Times show ISIS has a member tasked with “bringing in migrants and taking out brothers who have been given jobs” as a way to move fighters and money from Syria through Turkey into Europe.
The documents were obtained by the paper after being found on a hard drive dropped by members of an ISIS cell during a battle near the group’s tiny remaining stronghold in Syria earlier this year.
In a bid to stay relevant, the terror group — which recently lost nearly all of its self-proclaimed “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria — is planning to launch a fresh wave of attacks in Europe and the Middle East inspired by past atrocities: the 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and 2017 truck attack in New York City that left eight dead.
Among the documents on the hard drive is a letter signed by six ISIS leaders and addressed to 47-year-old leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which lays out the group’s new strategy of operations involving bank robberies, vehicle rammings, assassinations and computer hacking.
Operations around the world are to be directed by an ISIS member named Abu Khabab al-Muhajir, who controls two terror cells in Germany and one in Russia. Initial goals of the terror cells are to steal money to fund the group, the papers say.
“Killing infidel venture capitalists, hacking banks through bank accounts, bank robberies or robberies of places that are pre-studied. After any operation of this kind, we will send the money as we procure it,” according to a letter obtained by The Sunday Times.
The terror cells are also tasked with committing attacks, including vehicle-ramming operations that listed the 2015 Paris attacks and “Manhattan attack” as inspiration. Letters obtained by
In another letter to Baghdadi in December, an ISIS commander named Abu Taher al-Tajiki lists possible targets.
“We will tell you here in our letter the targets that we will hit, Allah willing, and they are targets that will destroy the economic world in Europe and spread horror in the hearts of the enemies of Allah,” he wrote.
Two operations that were to take place 10 to 20 days after the initial letter was sent included targeting a high-speed train in Germany and an oil pipeline in a petroleum refinery near the Swiss city of Base to cause “economic disaster.”
Days after the December letter to ISIS leaders was written, an ISIS flag was discovered near train tracks in Berlin where overhead wires had been damaged, according to the Sunday Times.
A man was arrested in Vienna last month in connection with the Berlin incident and another in Bavaria in October, where a high-speed train hit a steel cable pulled across the tracks when traveling between Nuremberg and Munich.
A conductor had mistaken the sound for a shortened circuit until authorities found the wire that was stretched across the train’s path and wooden wedges were placed on the tracks, DW reported at the time. No refinery attack was ever reported in Switzerland.
Officials believe that the incidents show ISIS supporters across Europe are still linked with the terror group’s remaining leadership in Syria and Iraq, and not just “lone wolf” suspects that may be inspired to commit attacks.
The letters also show that ISIS is still committed to attacks across Europe, with a new pledge of allegiance for prospective members.
“We are your soldiers in Europe, we see what the enemies of Allah do to our Muslim brothers in the home of Islam by killing and bombardment and destruction of houses,” one of the documents read. “And we, oh Emir of Believers, are under your command and subject to your orders and your sword that which you strike with the enemies of Allah in Europe.”
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The Maryland man accused of planning to drive a van into a popular tourist spot was ordered by a judge to be held without bond Tuesday after prosecutors claimed there was “no doubt” he would kill if released.
Federal prosecutors said that Henry felt his was a “noble cause” when he decided to steal a van and drive it to Dulles International Airport in Virginia on March 27.
Officials said he wanted to ram his vehicle into “disbelievers” and keep “driving and driving and driving” but when he was unable to make it past airport security, he turned his attention to National Harbor.
Court documents revealed that Henry allegedly intruded onto a boat and hid overnight. By the following morning, March 28, police officers had discovered the location of the stolen U-Haul. When Henry jumped over the security fence from the boat dock, observant Prince George’s County Police officers arrested him.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo ruled in favor of federal prosecutors who argued that Henry might flee or be a risk to the community if freed.
Public defender Michael CiteraManis said there was reason to be “suspicious” of the government’s story, and he believed his client’s rights had been violated.
Henry was charged with driving a stolen vehicle across state lines, which carries up to 10 years in prison, but prosecutors were expected to seek additional charges.
Fox News’ Matt Richardson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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A pro-Israel student group at Columbia University has called on the university’s leadership to denounce a Facebook post by an Iranian studies and comparative literature professor in which he compared the Jewish state to the Islamic State (ISIS).
The since-deleted post by Hamid Dabashi, published March 30, asked: “What’s the difference between ISIS and ISRAEL? … ISIS murderous thugs conquered parts of Syria and declared a ‘caliphate,’ no decent human being on planet earth recognized their armed robbery or their ‘caliphate’ – their ISRAELI counterparts meanwhile conquered parts of Syria and declared it part of their Zionist settler colony – no decent human being on planet earth recognizes their armed robbery …”
Dabashi then answered his own question: “ISIS does not have a platoon of clean shaven and well coiffured [sic] columnists at the New York Times propagating the cause of the terrorist outfit as the Zionists columnists do on a regular basis.
“All of Syria belong to all Syrian people,” Dabashi concluded, ” not an inch it either to ISIS or to ISRAEL”.
“While we as a member of the Columbia community strongly believe in academic freedom and have the utmost respect for all educators, this kind of utterly despicable and repugnant statement is not to be expected from a tenured faculty holder in an Ivy League institution,” the university chapter of Students Supporting Israel said in a statement Thursday that included a screenshot of Dabashi’s post. “This is completely unacceptable and must be renounced.”
Dabashi has a history of inflammatory comments about Israel and the Jewish people. Last May, after President Trump announced the U.S. was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, Dabashi posted a tweet blaming Israel for “every dirty treacherous ugly and pernicious act happening in the world.”
The professor also attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in another now-deleted Facebook post as “this ridiculous man, this notorious, corrupt, criminally insane creature, this laughing stock of every decent civilized human being on planet earth, this pathetic pathological liar, this vulgar vicious charlatan,” he wrote, “this settler colonialist racist thug, this war criminal, this leading perpetrator of crimes against humanity, this nightmare who needs to be put in a [straitjacket] and chained to a cage in an asylum house or a zoo …”
Last month, Dabashi wrote in an opinion piece for Al Jazeera that “Jews are the victims, Zionists the beneficiaries of anti-Semitism. … The conflation of Zionism and Judaism … is a false flag to confuse the issue and prevent the active solidarity of these two main victims of their racism.”
In response, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), wrote that Dabashi “employs all the sleights of hands by those on the political left who engage in anti-Semitic tropes against Jews. …
“He tries to separate out Zionism from Judaism, when Zionism is the fulfillment of the 2000-year aspiration of the Jewish people to return to the Holy Land,” wrote Greenblatt. ” He claims to be opposed to anti-Semitism, but only acknowledges anti-Semitism from the right. And he demonizes Israel under the guise of legitimate criticism of the Jewish state. … Those who truly care about combatting anti-Semitism need to reject anti-Semitism in whatever form it surfaces. Using Israel as a cover for such anti-Semitism won’t do the trick and should be condemned by all those who want to combat the surge of hate in today’s world.”
Emails to Dabashi and Columbia President Lee Bollinger requesting comment were not immediately answered.
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With the ISIS caliphate all but defeated and routed out of Syria, strongman Bashar Assad is using all means necessary to re-consolidate control over his war-ravaged country, targeting civilian infrastructure within rebel-held territory.
Throughout March, the Assad regime has targeted a school, a bakery, a hospital, and other medical facilities in its brutal attempt to regain control of Idlib Province, the last rebel stronghold of the Syrian opposition.
“Eight years into the crisis, the Syrian government continues to show utter disregard for the laws of war and the lives of civilians,” said Lynn Maalouf, Middle East Research Director at Amnesty International.
“The ongoing attacks in Idlib fit the same pattern we’ve seen before, in Aleppo, Daraa, Damascus Countryside, whereby Syrian government forces hit hospitals, medical facilities, emergency responders, bakeries, schools, leaving people no choice but to flee,” Maalouf added.
Assad has essentially won the civil war which broke out in 2011. While his autocratic rule was once threatened, he is making attempts to reestablish himself as a world leader on the international stage.
Formerly opposed to Assad, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and other regional actors accepted the undeniable reality on the battlefield that Assad is victorious and there is no chance of a rebel victory.
The UAE, once a major foe of Assad that called for his removal, announced in December it would restore ties with Damascus and reopened its embassy. Bahrain also resumed diplomatic relations the same month.
Assad’s main backers, Iran and Russia, will likely ensure that Syria receives the necessary post-conflict reconstruction funding to stabilize the country while also increasing their influence in post-civil war Syria.
Reconstruction funding for Syria is estimated at $400 billion.
It’s also likely Syria will need substantial assistance from the United States and the European Union. Much like Syria’s neighbors, calls for Assad’s removal have largely died down in the West, as the U.S. and E.U accepted the hard truth that Assad won. However, the U.S. and E.U want Syria to commit to political reforms before providing economic assistance.
But Assad has made it clear he does not intend on implementing any political reforms to reduce his hold on power.
The United States and European Union will have to balance the reality that there are millions of people suffering from a humanitarian catastrophe caused by the Assad regime’s indiscriminate repression against the need to stabilize the country and prevent it from civil war recurrence.
The ongoing battle for Idlib could spark a renewed refugee crisis with millions potentially looking to flee the onslaught from Assad and regime allied forces, causing massive civilian casualties.
“If this turns into an all-out offensive on Idlib, it would result in mass casualties and displacement,” Faysal Itani, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, told Fox News.
There are three million people trapped in Idlib, and nearly one million are displaced from other places in Syria. Idlib was also one of the first cities to take up armed resistance against the regime and the remaining rebels hunkered down in the province are primarily Jihadist militants.
Jidhasit fighters in Idlib are numbered in the low thousands, according to some estimates, and are also some of the most extremist forces that are left battling the government.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Syrian affiliate of Al Qaeda formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, is the most formidable Jihadist group currently operating in Idlib.
The United States remains deeply concerned about the humanitarian consequences of the recent attacks on Idlib. In early March, the U.S. State Department accused Russia and Syria of escalating violence against innocent civilians in Idlib.
“The United States views with grave concern escalating violence in recent days in Idlib and neighboring areas prompted by Russian and Assad regime airstrikes and artillery,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a statement.
“Despite Russia’s claims to be targeting terrorists, these operations have caused dozens of civilian casualties and have targeted first responders as they attempt to save lives on the ground. These abhorrent attacks on civilian infrastructure and on settlements for internally displaced people must end now.”
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British ISIS bride Shamima Begum admitted that she’s unlikely to come back to Britain after the government revoked her citizenship, but insisted that the terror group “brainwashed” her.
The 19-year-old, who fled her life in London for the Islamic State in her teens, has been stuck in a refugee camp for months now, attracting international attention amid her pregnancy and vocal plans to return to her home country.
Since the media scrutiny, Begum’s British citizenship was revoked by the government for supporting terrorism, while her third baby died last month. Her previous two children died during her life in the so-called caliphate while she was married to Dutch ISIS militant Yago Riedijk.
But Begum now says that she traveled to Syria to join ISIS in 2015 because she believed “everything that I had been told, while knowing little about the truths of my religion”.
“I have sat down and thought about how long I would have to stay here. And I have kind of accepted that I will have to stay here, I will have to make this like a second home,” she told the London Times.
She said that since leaving Baghouz, a previously ISIS-held territory that was liberated earlier this year, she came to regret decisions she made and hoped the government may take a second look at her case.
“Since I left Baghouz I really regretted everything I did, and I feel like I want to go back to the UK for a second chance to start my life over again. I was brainwashed,” she said.
“Since I left Baghouz I really regretted everything I did, and I feel like I want to go back to the UK for a second chance to start my life over again. I was brainwashed.”
Begum was subject to criticism following multiple interviews with media outlets in which she didn’t express remorse for joining the terrorist group. She even went on to suggest that a 2017 terror attack in the UK was justified due to British military participation in the war against ISIS.
She explained to the Times that the reason she made the offensive comments was because of pressure and fear of revenge from the jihadists in the refugee camp.
“Anything I said against Dawlah (ISIS), they would immediately attack me, so I was afraid of that,” she said.
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“I just want to go back home,” she said. “I want my son to see my family, I want him to be safe in Syria. It’s not safe here, no matter what my government tells me.”
But the U.S. insists Muthana is not and has never been a U.S. citizen because her father was a Yemeni diplomat at the time of her birth. Her lawyer is fighting this.
President Trump and secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both said she’s not welcome. In February, Trump tweeted that he instructed Pompeo to not “allow Hoda Muthana back into the country.”
While she was a part of ISIS, she became a mouthpiece for the terror group, calling for Americans to be killed.
“Americans wake up! Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades..go on drive by’s + spill all of their blood or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them,” she tweeted last month in a post that has since been taken down.
She claims ISIS took over her Twitter account, and that now, with therapy, she could become a model citizen.
“Before I came, I’ve never done any crime and I’m sure I’m not going to be doing any crimes in the future,” she said, “and I know I’ve come to Syria and look like I am a supporter of the worst terror group in history.”
Muthana was born in New Jersey and lived in Hoover, Ala., and claims she was radicalized online. A shy unassuming girl, she began living a double life on social media after being given a smart phone at 18.
In 2014, ISIS was ascendant, committing horrible atrocities, enslaving, raping women, beheading and stoning people, conquering vast areas of territory. It eventually ruled over 8 million people. Muthana, then 19, was was seduced and went to join them.
“I didn’t hate America” she told Fox News. “I didn’t hate anything. I just thought it was obligatory – when I started practicing I was very scared of the concept of hellfire. The Koran told me to go.”
She took some money earmarked for college, and got on a plane to Turkey, from where she was smuggled across the border to Syria. It was only then that she turned on a phone and called home – telling her mother she was with the terror group.
They have always condemned her move. She said she was ‘brainwashed.”
Once in the ISIS capital of Raqqa – she was held in a locked house for women until marrying. Her first husband, Suhan Rahman, was a well-known Australian fighter
She went on to marry two more men – all are now dead. She had a child who’s now 19 months old. In the early days of the caliphate, life was alright, she was able get food, and fully embrace the ideology of the caliphate – even though it committed such terror.
But as the U.S.-led coalition began to tighten the noose, life became hard, food started to dry up. And when Presidnet Trump took office, he told the U.S. military to take the gloves off, at which point the airstrikes picked up and ISIS families were moved from one town to another. They eventually ended up in the town of Baghouz, where they made their last stand.
Today, every ISIS member I speak to says they regret their decision. But it seems clear they only changed their mind when it became clear their caliphate had been defeated.
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