Buffalo woman accused of supporting ISIS admits to threatening Twitter posts

A Buffalo woman accused of sympathizing with the Islamic State pleaded guilty Wednesday to two federal charges.

Safya Yassin, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of transmitting interstate threatening communication at a hearing in the federal courthouse in Springfield.

Federal investigators say Yassin used her Twitter account to provide information she believed was from the Islamic State — an Islamist militant group also known as ISIS — including threats and solicitations of violence against law enforcement or military personnel.

After Yassin was initially charged, the Program on Extremism at George WashingtonUniversity’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security referred to her as “a well-known person in the ISIS Twitter scene.”

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