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Teenage Girls in Europe Signing up with Jihadis

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 09:14 AM

Filled with romantic notions of marrying a fighter and raising children who will one day become jihadis, scores of young women from France, Britain, Germany and elsewhere in Europe, have moved to Syria and Iraq, The Guardian reported.

Muslim school girls newly arrived in the Middle East use social media to paint a picture of a utopian Caliphate that seems enticing to other young women back home. Recruiters have been known to pay travel costs and help cover expenses for any children the girls bear, the Guardian reported.

Muslim extremists have carried out "barbaric" sexual violence in Iraq against indigenous religious and ethnic minorities – women, teenage girls, and boys, according to  U.N. officials monitoring events in the region.

Even for the Muslim girls from Europe the romance can turn into a nightmare of abuse, slavery and forced marriage to fighters who already have other wives, according to the Guardian.

France, with a Muslim population of 6.5 million has seen 63 female jihadis leave for the Middle East, with an equal number thought to be in the pipeline.

In Britain, where 3.3 million Muslims live, some 50 girls have gone. About 40 women have left from Germany, home to 4.1 million Muslims.

In Germany, girls as young as 13 have been caught up in the "romantic idea of jihad marriage" connecting with fighters through the Internet, according to the Guardian.

"Some of these girls are very young and naive, they don't understand the conflict or their faith, and they are easily manipulated," said Shaista Gohir of the Muslim Women's Network UK, the Guardian reported.

Aksa Mahmood, age 20 came to Syria from Scotland in November 2013, married an ISIS gunman, and became active in social media. She advises girls on how best to reach Syria. Mahmood maintains that there is a war against Islam. She writes, "either you're with them or with us. So pick a side," the Guardian reported.

Numbers for American girls who have joined the extremists are hard to come by, according to the Guardian. Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old nurse's aide and convert to Islam was arrested in July as she was about the leave the U.S. for Syria to join the extremists.

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