Wisconsin woman taught bomb-making online for Daesh

Waheba Issa Dais, above, provided instructions on making a poison called ricin through the hacked Facebook pages. (Reuters)
Updated 23 April 2019
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Wisconsin woman taught bomb-making online for Daesh

  • The woman provided her expertise on bombs and biological weapons
  • She faces a sentence of 20 years and a fine of $250,000

A Wisconsin woman used hacked Facebook accounts to provide lessons in making bombs and poison on behalf of the Daesh militant group, prosecutors said Monday.
Waheba Issa Dais, 46, of Cudahy, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to one count of “attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, a designated foreign terrorist organization,” the US Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Wisconsin said in a release.
Her support in 2018 took the form of providing expert advice on the Internet on bombs and biological weapons in order to help Daesh, officials said.
“Remember Boston Marathon bombing?” prosecutors said she posted to an undercover F.B.I. agent on Facebook. “It was very easy to make. All it needs is a pressure cooker, shrapnel and explosives. Join my channel and research.”
They said she also gave instructions on how to make the poison ricin, derived from castor beans.
US Attorney Matthew Krueger said in a statement that “From her home in Cudahy, Dais promoted ISIS’s hateful, violent agenda and provided detailed instructions on how to harm innocent people.”
Dais faces a sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, officials said, and is set to go before a judge in September for sentencing.
Her attorney, John Campion, told the New York Times that he and his client, “look forward to the September sentencing hearing where we will address the complicated history that led to her online conduct.”
Her attorney was not immediately available to Reuters early Tuesday.
In a separate case, prosecutors announced the conviction of Yosvany Padilla-Conde, a Cuban national who was residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for attempting to provide material support to Daesh.
In a release from the US Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said Padilla-Conde made videos swearing his allegiance to the group and stated his intent to travel to the Middle East. He also faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Craig Powell, an attorney for Padilla-Conde, told the Times that his client was set up by an undercover F.B.I. agent who offered to help him travel to Mexico if he made an Daesh video.
Padilla-Conde’s attorney could not immediately be reached by Reuters early Tuesday. His sentencing hearing is set for August, officials said.


Head of Qatari opposition to launch community debate center in London

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Head of Qatari opposition to launch community debate center in London

​LONDON: Khalid Al-Hail, spokesperson of the Qatari Opposition Movement, announced on Sunday the launch of his Majlis (Arab-styled Community Debate Center) in London, with the inauguration ceremony expected later this month.
​“I believe it is a great idea to launch this Majlis; where people can informally meet within an intellectually-inspiring and friendly atmosphere, to discuss, debate and exchange views and ideas on various political, strategic, and social issues.” said Al-Hail.
​“What’s more, I believe this initiative will be paramount in bringing together the British and Arabs residing in this country together, and help foster relations and accomplish a better mutual understanding, and strengthen the values of peaceful co-existence and tolerance.” Al-Hail added.

​“We also aim to enlighten the Qatari case, and introduce the views, values, and endeavours of the Qatari Opposition, in addition to creating a platform for constructive networking between Qataris and Arabs on the one side, and British experts and public opinion makers,” Al-Hail said.
​He also said “to achieve those goals, we will carry out various daily activities with live coverage, including speeches delivered by experts followed by Q&A sessions, presentations, documentaries, and round-table discussions.”
The Qatari Opposition Movement is a political movement striving for a peaceful change of the Qatari regime, and for a constitutional monarchy that embraces the time-honored values of the Qatari people, establishes a rule of law and institutions, and democracy in the country.