On April 28, a high-ranking female ISIS officer wielding more than 8,000 followers on Twitter and primarily tasked with recruiting women to join the terror group was identified by Channel 4 News as a journalism student in her early 20s living in Seattle.
The now-suspended Twitter handle “@_UmmWaqqas” reportedly belongs to Rawdah Abdisalaam, although it was not confirmed that she is the sole operator, Channel 4 News reports.
The account avatar shows a woman covered from head-to-toe in traditional Islamic garb sitting next to a tree.
According to the report, the account’s content ranges from inspirational Islamic quotes to coordination with potential new members to pictures of pizza and her favourite football team, the Denver Broncos.
Here are a few examples of her now-deleted tweets via NewsAU:
Channel 4 News claims they identified Rawdah by matching several photos to locations either in Seattle or nearby.
In March, the news organisation was able to contact her via Twitter for a conversation in which she reportedly said, “[the media doesn’t care about Syria because] they get paid by the Jewish Israelis to keep their mouth shut about certain topics.”
When asked if she was from Seattle she replied 5 minutes later and said “bye,” Channel 4 News reports.
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