NEW YORK - A female supporter of al-Qa'eda is  harnessing the internet as a "bomb" to recruit others to wage jihad on the West, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Malika El Aroud, a 48-year-old Belgian of Moroccan origin, has been convicted in Switzerland for her part in running "terror websites" showing execution videos and promoting statements from al-Qa'eda linked groups, the newspaper said in a dispatch from Brussels. Six months ago, she was among 14 people arrested on suspicion of plotting attacks on targets in Brussels and of planning to free a convicted Tunisian al-Qa'eda terrorist. Belgian law required that El Aroud be released within 24 hours after searches failed to turn up weapons, explosives or incriminating documents. El Aroud remains at liberty to continue her website campaigning to urge Muslim men and women to join a global jihad against Western soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. "It's not my role to set off bombs - that's ridiculous," she told The Times. "I have a weapon. It's to write. It's to speak out. That's my jihad. You can do many things with words. Writing is also a bomb." "I write in a legal way. I know what I'm doing. I'm Belgian. I know the system." Recent postings on her website, which was closed down this weekend, tell Western soldiers to "ask your mothers, your wives to order your coffins Vietnam is nothing compared to what awaits you on our lands". "Victory is appearing on the horizon, my brothers and sisters. Let's intensify our prayers."  Ahmed Shah Massoud El Aroud first came to the attention of the security and intelligence services after her husband, Abdessatar Dahmane, on the orders of Osama Bin Laden, killed the anti-Taliban resistance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud in Afghanistan, according to The Times. Her husband died in the attack, which came two days before al-Qa'eda attacks on America on September 11, and she took to the internet as the Islamist celebrity widow of a martyr. "It's easy for me to describe the love my husband felt because I felt it myself," she said. "Most Muslims love Osama." In 2007, El Aroud and her new husband, Moez Garsallaoui, a 40-year-old Tunisian, were convicted in Switzerland for operating pro al-Qa'eda websites while living near Fribourg. Last week, the Swiss supreme court rejected El Aroud's appeal against a six-month suspended prison sentence and ruled that she had made her internet forums available to terrorist groups operating in the al-Qa'eda network.