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Several news stories have surfaced recently about young girls who have run away from their families to join ISIS. I can’t help but wonder: what would possess teens to leave home to fight for an organization known for its strict—and often harsh—treatment of women?
And what happens to them once they’re there?
The First Two Girls: Sabina and Samra
The first of these strange cases came from Austria, where a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old fled and left notes for their parents that read, “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah, and we will die for him.”
According to Austrian officials, clerics in their local mosque told the girls that the only way to know true peace was to travel to Syria in order to take part in the holy war. The two had reportedly started preaching to schoolmates about their lifestyle and were accused of vandalizing their school in an attempt to incite jihad.
Social Media and ISIS
The girls popped up from time to time on social media, posting photos of themselves in traditional Muslim garb and often flanked by armed fighters. Some images appear to depict the girls carrying weapons.
Many of these images may be fake; possibly old pictures of other women simply re-posted on the girls’ pages. Austrian authorities believe that ISIS is using social media to persuade the world that the girls are enthusiastic participants in a Syrian jihad.
The whole thing is tragic, and it appears that these teens paid the price. How seriously should we take the news of young women running off to join war, and what should we do about it? It’s happening in London, Denver and countless other places, too. Carlos Gamino is a criminal defense lawyer in Milwaukee who keeps tabs on international incidents, and stories about teen girls leaving home to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is definitely noteworthy. So what happened to those girls, and are others following in their footsteps?
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What Happened to the Girls Who Joined ISIS?
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