Austrian teens Samra Kesinovic, 16, left, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, went to Syria to devote their lives to ISIS and are now believed to be pregnant
Islamic State terrorists are recruiting women from Western countries to fly to the Middle East, marry jihadists and bear their children in a “cash-for-babies” scheme.
The depravity of ISIS Muslims already has been well-documented, with their torture and murder of children in Iraq, their crucifixions of adults and their use of women as sex slaves. But observers are saying the latest report, how ISIS is luring American women by promising money in return for bearing children for militants, takes the jihadist group to a whole new level.
Some Western women are recruited through a magazine called al-Shamikha, known as the “Jihad Cosmo.” At least three women left Minnesota in recent weeks to join ISIS militants.
“They are selling them this mystical sisterhood of going to the caliphate and being able to be a Muslim in this idealized, utopian society,” warned Mia Bloom, a professor at the center for terrorism and security studies at the University of Massachusetts. “They are targeting these young girls in a very predatory way – the way child sex abusers target young children.”
Colorado woman Shannon Conley, 19, pleaded guilty to trying to help ISIS
Bloom said female recruits are promised moving expenses and cash for each baby they produce with an ISIS jihadi. But the women are banned from fighting and typically serve the militants, cooking and cleaning for them.
Bloom also expressed concern that ISIS will use the women as suicide bombers.
She said, while most women would stand out on a military installation, in most other public places, people wouldn’t expect a woman to carry out a suicide attack.
“If you change your tactics and target mosques or schools, that’s when women are really quite ideal,” she explained.
The Times reported an estimated 130 women have been recruited by ISIS, mostly through the “Jihadi Cosmo” and social media.
Female members of at least three Somali families in Minneapolis have gone missing in the past six weeks. A 19-year-old from the area is known to have flown to Turkey in secret before crossing the border into Syria.
Also, a 19-year-old American woman from the Denver area, identified as Shannon Conley, only recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support for ISIS. She had been arrested while trying to fly out of Denver to meet a Tunisian ISIS fighter whom she had met online. The man proposed marriage and asked Conley to join him in fighting with ISIS.
The Times reported one of the missing Somalians from Minneapolis “left home saying she was attending a bridal shower [but] instead flew to Turkey.”
Another report, by the New York Post, quoted a European source saying that two teenagers who fled the Europe to join jihadists in Syria had contacted friends to report they were alive and pregnant.
The two were identified as Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15.
“The duo, previously seen in photos brandishing AK47s, are believed to have married a pair of Chechen fighters in Syria,” the report said. “The two vanished earlier this year and were parading their involvement with ISIS on social media – leading Austrian media to dub them the new face of jihad.”
Austrian police said in the report they were skeptical.
“We have no independent confirmation that either of them are dead or alive, or that either of them are pregnant, although we suspect both are married,” a police official in Austria said in the report.
Austrian teens Samra Kesinovic and Sabina Selimovic in a photo they posted online
In May, British sisters Salma and Zahra Halane left their home in Manchester and went to Syria to wed jihadis. The girls called their parents and reportedly told them, “We’re not coming back.”
Salma Halane, right, and her sister Zahra are also believed to be in Syria with Isis fighters. (Photo: Cavendish Press)
In July, several media reports indicated ISIS launched a marriage bureau and even began offering honeymoon bus tours through the war-torn streets of Iraq and Syria. The buses fly the black ISIS flag, play jihadist songs and visit destroyed Shiite mosques.
Britain’s Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS is operating a “women’s office” in the Syrian city of Al-Bab so women may marry ISIS fighters.
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