2 women convicted of raising money online for Al-Shabab

Two women who helped raise several thousand dollars for the Somali militant group Al-Shabab have been convicted of providing support to a terrorist organization.

Federal judge Anthony Trenga found the women — Hinda Osman Dhirane, of Kent, Washington, and Muna Osman Jama of Reston — guilty on most of the charges they faced at a hearing Tuesday in Alexandria.

The women waived their right to a jury trial.

Prosecutors say the women used an online chat room to round up small contributions on behalf of Al-Shabab.

The women did not deny they were al-Shabab supporters. But they argued that the money they raised didn't go directly to Al-Shabab.

The women could face sentences of 15 years or more when they are sentenced in January.