Make no mistake about it, the Islamic State is actively recruiting in the United States and elsewhere for your most precious asset. They don’t want your money. They don’t need your food. They want our daughters and they are getting them.
Researchers at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue in London are baffled by a recent “unprecedented surge in female recruits” to Islamic State terrorist organizations. They are so intrigued by it that they are now tracking the whereabouts of more than 100 foreign women through social media and blogs.
The threat of the Islamic State jihadists in recruiting females extends around the world and into the United States. Out of 100 women studied, the report concluded that five women from the U.S. are now part of an Islamic State group. The remaining women come from Canada, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, and other countries.
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The ages of females joining an Islamic State organization, according to the results of the data, range anywhere from 14 to 45.
It is the hope of the researchers that their data will help them to discover why the terrorists have been so successful in recruiting females away from their homes. Researchers are desperate to find the solution to prevent future recruitments.
In 2014, there were several prominent stories which reported on girls and young women who were stopped on their way to new lives with Islamic State terrorists.
You may recall that three teenage girls left their homes in Denver, Colorado on their way to Syria to join the Islamic State jihadists. Fortunately for them, they were stopped by authorities in Germany before they could reach their final destination.
A 19-year-old Muslim convert from Colorado who had previously served as a U.S. Army Explorer, was also arrested last year when she attempted to marry a Tunisian man fighting in Syria as an Islamic State jihadist.
More recently, a 30-year-old woman known by the name “Fatayat al Khalifah” and “YoungLioness” was arrested and charged with knowingly attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization.
Why would any female, especially one from the U.S., want to give up her freedom and lifestyle to become either a wife or fighter in an Islamic State terrorist organization?
The reasons a female may consider joining an Islamic State terrorist group is even perplexing to those who have an expertise in the area of Islamic history.
Furnish holds a doctorate in Islamic/Middle Eastern, African and World History and works as a consultant to the U.S. Special Operations Command and Intelligence Community. In addition, he is a researcher and author on the topics of Islam, Mahdism, Jihadism, Shi’ism, other Islamic sects, the Caliphate and eschatology.
I asked Furnish why any female would want to join an Islamic State terrorist group and either become a wife of a jihadist or someone who fights alongside of terrorists considering the deplorable treatment of women under the tenets of Shariah Law.
“I can’t get my head around” why females would want to join the Islamic State fighters, he said. “I can’t figure that one out.”
If the experts are having difficulty understanding why the Islamic State jihadists are succeeding then surely they will continue to lure our girls away from us unabated while we attempt to find answers.
Obviously, more research and solutions are needed in this area so that we may protect our daughters from falling into a perilous and often unforgiving trap.
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