A picture purporting to be of Samra Kesinovic and Sabina Selimovic, which was posted online sometime after they fled Austria
Una imagen que pretende ser de Samra Kesinović y Sabina Selimovic, que fue publicado en línea en algún momento después de que huyeron de Austria
Left is Samra Kesinovic, 16, who is thought to have fled to Syria to join the Islamic State. On the right is 15-year-old Sabina Selimovic who went with her - the two are believed to now want to return home
El diario austriaco Oesterreich, reveló que las niñas ahora querían volver a casa y está en estrecho contacto con sus familias. Las motivaciones de las dos jóvenes bosnias no están claras, pero antes de salir, tenía contacto con los jóvenes chechenos, y visitaban una mezquita en el segundo distrito de Viena.
Los padres de ambas han estado tratando de encontrar la manera de ponerse en contacto con sus hijas y se cree que alguna forma de comunicación se había establecido.
Se sabe que tiene conexión cercana a los que investigan su desaparición.
El periódico dijo que las niñas se encuentran actualmente en la ciudad de Rakka, en el norte de Siria, controlada por el autodenominado "Estado Islámico" y que se habían casado con combatientes chechenos a su llegada a Siria y estaban embarazadas.
El portavoz del ministerio del Interior de Austria, Karl-Heinz Grundboeck, dijo que la decisión de volver pueden haberla tomado demasiado tarde. Él dijo: "El principal problema es con la gente que quieren retornar de nuevo a Austria. Una vez que salen, es casi imposible."
La noticia se produce a pesar de los informes que surgieron el mes pasado relativos a que una de las chicas podrían haber muerto.
La policía vienesa también expresó su preocupación porque las chicas podrían inspirar a sus contemporáneos después de que otras dos adolescentes fueron sorprendidas tratando de huir del país para unirse a las filas de los extremistas islámicos del ISIS.
Poca información fue dada sobre el par que las imitaba con la esperanza de unirse al ISIS, aparte del hecho de que uno era de 16 y el otro era 14 y sus padres eran, aparentemente, de Irak.
La policía ahora quieren averiguar cómo se radicalizaron, y si alguien les había ayudado a planear su viaje a Siria, aunque al parecer, el soporte tuvo lugar a través de Turquía, siguiendo la misma ruta de las otras dos chicas.
La pareja fue atrapada cuando la madre de una tercera, que se suponía iba a viajar con ellas, comenzó a sospechar por la cantidad de equipaje con que su hija estaba haciendo las maletas.
Actualmente se cree que unas 130 personas de Austria, estarían luchando como yihadistas en el extranjero. Más de la mitad de los yihadistas de austriacos originalmente proviene de la región del Cáucaso y tienen un permiso de residencia válido en Austria.
Se unieron al Estado Islámico, las embarazaron y quieren volver
Domingo 12 de octubre del 2014 - Dos jóvenes austriacas que viajaron en mayo a combatir junto con el Estado Islámico en Siria ahora están desesperadas por volver a su país, debido a que están embarzadas y al brutal y represivo trato que reciben de parte de los yihadistas.
Identificadas como Samra Kesinovic (15) y Sabina Selimovic (15), ambas huyeron a principios de año de su casa en Viena con la intención de "servir a Alá y morir por él", según indicaba la nota que les dejaron a sus padres.
Una vez instaladas en la ciudad siria de Raqqa, las jóvenes se casaron con dos terroristas chechenos y al poco tiempo quedaron embarazadas.
Hace pocos días, las niñas contactaron a sus familiares para rogarles que gestionen su regreso pues se habían arrepentido de aquel viaje y ahora planeaban volver a sus tranquilas vidas en Austria. Una petición que parece imposible, pues las leyes impiden su retorno y la comunidad internacional incrementa el rechazo hacia ellas.
La historia de las jóvenes inició en abril, cuando escaparon de sus hogares para viajar a Siria para unirse al Estado Islámico.
Inicialmente, la Interpol emitió una orden de búsqueda para encontrar a las menores antes de que llegaran a Raqqa. Ellas habrían sido reclutadas en la mezquita de Altu-Alem, en Viena, por Ebu Tejma, uno de los salafistas más radicales de Europa.
Una vez que llegaron al Medio Oriente, sus cuentas de redes sociales fueron controladas por los terroristas, quienes empezaron a difundir imágenes de las menores empuñando armas y vistiendo el tradicional niqab, en clara intención de reflejar que disfrutaban de su estadía junto al Estado Islámico.
"Eso no lo han escrito ellas, han tenido que ser otras personas", afirmó el tío de Sabina en aquella oportunidad. Su padre también se pronunció con un comunicado que decía: "Estamos desesperados. Pedimos a todas las personas que nos ayuden a encontrar a nuestras niñas".
Samra y Sabina habrían viajado el 10 de abril a Estambul y desde allí se trasladaron a Adana, ciudad al sur de Turquía, a 100 kilómetros de Siria. Las autoridades les perdieron el rastro a las jóvenes en ese punto.
Chicas-poster del Jihadismo
Las hermanas gemelas Zahra y Salma Halane, 16, dejaron su hogar en Chorlton, Manchester, en julio sin el conocimiento de sus padres para seguir a su hermano a Siria. Las niñas - cuyos padres llegaron al Reino Unido en calidad de refugiados procedentes de Somalia - pasaron su GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) el verano pasado después de asistir a la escuela secundaria para niñas Whalley Range en Manchester y se fueron a proseguir estudios de "sixth-form college" en Connell.
Aparentemente hartas de tanto estudio, salieron de la casa en el medio de la noche y fueron reportadas como desaparecidas por sus padres. Ahora ambas están casadas con combatientes de ISIS, según los informes.
Abu Abdullah al-Britani; Zahra Halane; Aine Davis; Waheed Majeed; Salma Halane; Nasser Muthan
Una novia yihadista que prometió decapitar a un occidental; un marido mentiroso e infiel que eligió la guerra santa para tratar de expiar sus acciones; el ex gerente de una tienda de Primark; las hermanas gemelas de 16 años que escaparon de sus exámenes GCSE.
Todos educados en Gran Bretaña, pero desdeñosos de su sociedad. Todos deseando abandonar el Estado británico para vivir bajo el gobierno del "Estado Islámico".
Nora el-Bathy era una colegiala ordinaria francesa que quería ser médico. Ella tenía 15 años pero parecía menor con una leve sonrisa en vaqueros y zapatillas posando para una fotografía bajo la Torre Eiffel. Cuando Nora abandonó su casa en Aviñón, una mañana en enero pasado, con su mochila, nada parecía fuera de lo común. Pero, cuando terminaron sus clases ese día, Nora no regresó. Ella tomó un tren a París, retiró € 550 (£ 430) de su cuenta de ahorros y cambió su teléfono móvil para cubrir sus pistas. Luego tomó un vuelo a Estambul, y desde allí un segundo vuelo a la frontera con Siria.
En Avignon, sus padres - practicantes pero no musulmanes estrictos - informaron de la desaparición de Nora a la policía..
Jihadi poster girls
• Nora el-Bathy was an ordinary French schoolgirl who wanted to be a doctor. She was 15 but looked young for her age: a slight, smiling youngster in jeans and trainers posing for a photograph under the Eiffel Tower.
When Nora left her family home in the southern French city of Avignon one morning last January, with her school bag, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. But, when her classes ended that day, Nora did not return home. Instead, she took a train to Paris, withdrew €550 (£430) from her savings account and changed her mobile phone to cover her tracks. She boarded a flight for flew to Istanbul, and from there took an second internal flight to the Syrian border.
Back in Avignon, her parents – practising but not strict Muslims – reported Nora missing to the police.
Her eldest brother, Fouad, trawled local hospitals convinced she had been in an accident, searched his sister’s bedroom, and examined her Facebook account for clues. There were none, except her hijab, which she had started wearing a few months before, in the wardrobe.
It was only when Fouad quizzed her closest school friends that the reason for Nora’s disappearance emerged.
The el-Bathy family discovered that found she had opened a second Facebook account where she was in contact with “jihad recruiters” in the Paris region and had posted videos of women appealing for recruits to go to Syria. In one picture, a completely veiled woman, brandishing a Kalashnikov, appeared with the caption: “Yes, kill! In the name of Allah,” in French.
Fouad, a former French soldier, was devastated. “She had a second Facebook account on which she spoke of making hijra [going to live in an Islamic country], and a second mobile phone to call the ‘sisters’,” Fouad told his local paper.
Nora had begun talking of wearing the full veil and of helping the wounded in Syria, particularly children; and shortly before she disappeared, she asked her parents if she could have her passport, claiming she had lost her identity card.
But nobody in the el-Bathy family imagined she was planning to run away to war. “We absolutely didn’t see what was coming,” Fouad said.
Three days after her disappearance, Nora telephoned her family. Police traced the calls to the Turkish-Syrian border. She told them she was fine, eating well, happy and that she did not want to return to France.
She also sent Fouad a text message to say she had arrived in Aleppo, Syria, and that she “preferred being there”. The family received two further phone calls: one from a man speaking Arabic and a second from a man speaking French. The caller asked them to give their permission for Nora to marry. Her parents refused.
Fouad decided to go to Syria to rescue his sister, but was turned back at the Turkish border. While there, he received a call from Nora. In the brief conversation, she described how she had learned to shoot, but promised she would not be fighting.
Another man who claimed to be in charge of the French fighters in Syria called Fouad to say: “Your sister is safe and she is here by choice. She’s not being kept here against her will by force. If she says she wants to go, she can go, but she wants to stay,” the man said.
Fouad later succeeded in getting to Syria and seeing Nora. Afterwards, he said she had told him: “‘I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life.’
“She was thin and sick. She never sees any light. With other women she has to look after young children, orphans, but she lives surrounded by armed men.”
The el-Bathy family is now taking legal action for their daughter’s kidnap, believing that while Nora went to Syria of her own free will, she had been brainwashed by extremists.
Their lawyer, Guy Guénoun, told journalists that her recruitment and disappearance appeared to have been well planned. “It’s obvious she’s been taken in hand by a very intelligent and structured network,” he said.
• Twin sisters Zahra and Salma Halane, 16, left their home in Chorlton, Manchester, in July without their parents’ knowledge to follow their brother to Syria.
Photograph: Cavendish Press
The girls – whose parents came to the UK as refugees from Somalia – passed their GCSEs last summer after attending Whalley Range high school for girls in Manchester and went on to study at Connell sixth-form college.
They left home in the middle of the night and were reported missing by their parents. Now both are reportedly married to Isis fighters.
A social-media account believed to belong to Zahra shows her in a full veil posing with an AK-47 and kneeling in front of the Isis flag. Recent postings describe how she had lost her kitten, after her husband threw it outside.
• Aqsa Mahmood – also known as Umm Layth – left Glasgow for Syria last November and has married an Isis fighter. She is a prolific social-media user and writes a blog in which she advises other young women about the best way to travel to Syria and marry a fighter.
Mahmood, 20, has described the difficulty of telephoning her parents from the Turkish border to tell them she wanted to become a martyr and would see them again on judgment day.
In her blog she wrote: “The first phone call you make once you cross the borders is one of the most difficult things you will ever have to do. Your parents are already worried enough over where you are, wether [sic] you are okay and what’s happened.
“How does a parent who has little Islamic knowledge and understanding comprehend why their son or daughter has left their well-off life, education and a bright future behind to go live in a war-torn country.”
In a post earlier this month she described the type of young women who, like her, had joined Isis from all over the world.
“Most sisters I have come across have been in university studying courses with many promising paths, with big, happy families and friends, and everything in the Dunyah [material world] to persuade one to stay behind and enjoy the luxury. If we had stayed behind, we could have been blessed with it all from a relaxing and comfortable life and lots of money. Wallahi [I swear] that’s not what we want.”
She made a direct appeal on 11 September this year for others to join her. “To those who are able and can still make your way, hasten hasten to our lands ... This is a war against Islam and it is known that either ‘you’re with them or with us’. So pick a side.”
Photograph: Aamer Anwar & Co/PA
Earlier this month her parents, Muzaffar and Khalida Mahmood, publicly appealed for their daughter, who was privately educated and went to university, to return home. Her father said: “If our daughter, who had all the chances and freedom in life, could become a bedroom radical then it’s possible for this to happen to any family.”
Shannon Conley’s plan to serve as a nurse for Islamic State militants in Syria ended in April when the Colorado teenager was arrested on the runway at Denver airport.
A 19-year-old nurse’s aide, Conley had converted to Islam. According to court documents, her family was shocked to find she was interested in “violent jihad”.
Conley was reported to police in October 2013 by a local pastor, after church staff became suspicious of her. For the next five months, Conley had a series of open conversations with undisguised federal agents, during which she repeatedly told them she intended to “wage jihad” overseas. “She also intended to train Islamic jihadi fighters in US military tactics,” the complaint said.
Agents said they attempted to dissuade her from taking up the violent cause, even suggesting she turn to humanitarian efforts instead.
Conley told investigators she planned to marry an Isis member she met online in early 2014. Agents believe this man is 32-year-old Yousr Mouelhi of Tunisia.
Mouelhi reportedly encouraged her to receive additional training so she could assist fighters once she arrived in Syria. In February, she attended a US army Explorers cadet training camp in Texas to learn US military tactics and practice shooting. In March, Mouelhi organised Conley’s flight, arranging for her to travel from Denver to Germany, and then to Turkey. At the time of her arrest, Conley was carrying a list of contacts, a National Rifle Association certificate and a first aid manual. In her bedroom, investigators found literature on al-Qaida and other jihadi groups.
Earlier this month, Conley pleaded guilty to providing material support to al-Qaida and other terror groups such as Isis. She faces up to five years in a US prison and a $250,000 (£154,000) fine.
The images of two young smiling schoolgirls – Samra Kesinovic, 16, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15 – have become symbols of Austria’s concern about young people being radicalised and going to fight in Syria.
The girls, whose families came to Austria from Bosnia, ran away from their Vienna homes in April to fight in the “holy war”, telling their families in a note: “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah – and we will die for him.”
It is thought the girls were radicalised after attending a local mosque run by a radical preacher, Ebu Tejma. Samra’s school confirmed that before her disappearance she had been a vocal advocate of the “holy war”’, writing “I love al-Qaida” around the school.
Recent reports in Austrian media suggested that one of the girls had died, although police have not been able to confirm this and it was contradicted by a WhatsApp message from Sabina to friends that said: “Neither of us are dead.”
Police believe both the girls were married to Chechen fighters shortly after arriving in Syria and it is suspected that they are both now pregnant, as their names on social media have been changed to include Umm, the Arabic word for ‘“mother”. However, Austrian police have warned that it is likely their social media accounts are being controlled by men.
Samra and Sabina have been described as “jihad poster girls” whose story is inspiring other young women to join the holy war; earlier in September the government said they stopped two other young girls – a 14- and 15-year-old – from leaving the country on their way to fight. Authorities said they had been lured by “false promises” of a beautiful country and houses and had no intention of carrying out terrorist acts, although it was reported that one of the girls said she wanted “to support Isis – it doesn’t matter where”.
In October 2013, Sarah O, 15, did not come home from school in Konstanz, southern Germany. Her father reported her missing two days later. Soon after, she posted pictures of herself on various social-media sites holding a machine gun, wearing a burqa and black gloves. She said she was being trained to use the gun, and that her day consisted of “Sleeping, eating, shooting, learning, listening to lectures.” She also wrote: “By the way, I’ve joined al-Qaida.”
Sarah, who is half German, half Algerian, called her father a few weeks later with a young man, Ismail S, an Isis fighter from Germany. He asked her father for permission to marry Sarah; the father refused, demanding that she return home. She stayed in Syria and married Ismail in January.
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