Are schoolgirl jihadi brides in training to be suicide bombers? Woman IS defector says trio are likely to die in Middle East - MAY 15
- Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and KadizaÂSultana fled the UK in February
- ISIS defector taught teenagers how to behave in terror group’s caliphate
- The girls ‘will never be allowed home and will likely die in Iraq or Syria’Â
- Report reveals growing influence of UK terror twins Zahra, SalmaÂ Halane
- Jihadi widows ‘recruit women to war zone and revel in attacks on the West’
Three British schoolgirls who ran away to become Islamic State jihadi brides are being trained forspecial missions and are likely to die in the Middle East, a senior IS defector has claimed.
The female former commander, who fled the terror group just days ago, mentored the giggling teenagers whom she described as naive and unprepared for life in Syria.
The 22-year-old, known as Um Asmah, said she met Amira Abase, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum, 15, who crossed into Syria in February, before taking them to an IS base. She said they were likely to die in Syria or Iraq, suggesting that they were being trained as suicide bombers.
‘They will die in Iraq or Syria’: A female ISIS commander (above) has told how she delivered three British schoolgirls to militants in Syria after they fled to the UK to join the terror group
She said the girls, who all attended the same school in Bethnal Green, East London, had been groomed by an IS team of social media experts and persuaded to travel to Turkey.
Um Asmah said the girls were very, very happy on arrival and had been laughing and smiling, but they were unprepared and had little experience of living permanently veiled and under the strict regime.
They knew little on how we are living here, the IS defector told Sky News after fleeing to Turkey.
She told how one of the girls clumsily revealed her face to a driver and was immediately reprimanded and lectured on IS etiquette.
The defectors role in IS meant she was the first person to come into contact with foreign girls sneaking their way into war-torn Syria to become jihadi brides.
Um Asmah, whose relatives are also senior IS commanders, explained that her job was to introduce the young recruits to life under ISs strict and brutal laws.
She said she delivered the Bethnal Green girls to a base in the northern Syria city of Raqqa, where they started a four-month training regime for special missions.
The former commander said the young girls will never be able to return to their homes, and that they were likely to die in the Middle East, suggesting they were being lined up for a suicide mission.
Um Asmah says she is unsure where the teenagers are now, but doubts they will have been married off to IS fighters unless they wanted to.
Their fate has already been determined by the terror group, she explained, adding:Everything is already decided for you and you cannot evade it or refuse it. You cannot have a mind of your own.
Her revelations come just weeks after an anonymous blogger claimed that the young girls had escaped the clutches of IS and were on the run.
The former commander also revealed that foreign fighters are taught to fight in Syria and Iraq but with the aim of travelling back to Europe to carry out attacks there. Speaking to Sky News from a secret location, she revealed it was possible that some fighters are already being trained in Europe.
The defector added that IS has a well-structured grooming system to target vulnerable foreign youngsters such as the three British girls.
IS have educated people who know how to deal with the psychology of others, how to deal with the human being, she explained.
Escaped: Salma (left) and ZahraÂ HalaneÂ (right), who fled their homes in Manchester to become jihadi brides, are said to be at the centre of a ‘cluster of British women’ who are grooming girls online to join ISIS
They have ways to attract people especially foreigners, said Um Asmah. Otherwise young British people wouldnt come and say they will change the flag on Buckingham Palace.
If they can convince foreigners, it is even easier to convince Arabs and Syrians. They [the recruits] have no need to come to Syria but they do.
She said the Bethnal Green trio are special to IS, but the regime has plenty more foreign girls with more joining each month.
Now on the run, Um Asmah says she will be killed if she is ever tracked down by IS fighters. I am a traitor and an unbeliever now, she said. I am scared every minute and of everyone I meet.
I am a young girl. I want to travel, meet friends like any normal girl.
Speaking to Sky News reporter Stuart Ramsay from a secret location in Turkey, she said: ‘These girls, because they are very young, they want (need) four or three months to start (missions).’
Police launched an international manhunt for the three Bethnal Green Academy pupils after they fled Britain from Gatwick on February 17.
Members of their families, who appeared before a committee of MPs in March, claimed they were normal schoolgirls who watched shows including Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
It is understood they were following another 15-year-old girl who travelled there in December.
Concerns about how Turkish authorities dealt with the disappearances were later raised by their families.
Um Asmah said of the girls: ‘They was very happy to come to Syria in Ar-Raqqa and meet the most people of Daesh (Islamic State).
‘I think it is interesting to them.’
Her comments came as a new report suggested that ‘terror twins’ Zahra and Salma Halane, 16, from Manchester ‘have taken on influential roles’ within the group of British women who have travelled to the war zone, including urging others to join them.
The Metropolitan Police believe around 600 Britons have travelled to Syria and Iraq since the conflict began, and around half are believed to have returned to the UK.
The report released today by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) says that the Halane sisters, who arrived in Syria in July, married ISIS fighters and were widowed since arriving in the country via Turkey and have been further radicalised by the experience.
In Till Martyrdom Do Us Part: Gender And The ISIS Phenomenon, authors Erin Marie Saltman and Melanie Smith wrote that the twins ‘form a particularly vocal sub-cluster of the British female migrant contingent’.
They added: ‘Throughout many months of monitoring, it is apparent that the Halane twins have taken on influential roles within the cluster of British women who have journeyed to ISIS territory.
‘However, Zahra and Salma occupy distinct roles within this community.
‘While both encourage other “sisters” to join them and actively revel in terrorist attacks on Western soil, Salma appears to contemplate upon the evolution of her life in Manchester to her life in the ISIS as a continuum, whereas Zahra appears to have separated these two episodes entirely rarely making mention of personal details or referencing family.
‘Through the (albeit murky) lens of social media, it is obvious that the Halane twins have radicalised further during their time in ISIS territory, particularly since the death of their husbands.’