Sunday, 21 December 2014
A British woman who travelled to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria earlier this year has been attempting to recruit young women to join the militant group, Britain’s the Sunday Times reported.
Speaking to fictional 17-year-old Aisha, created by the British weekly as part of an ongoing investigation on ISIS, Sally Jones said the teenager’s “sins would be forgotten.”
Jones, who now goes by the name Sakinah Hussain, also revealed during the exchange information on payment methods to possible recruits in the United Kingdom.
“At the end of the day if you’re Muslim you gave to get out of ul kufr [the land of the disbelievers] to please Allah if you can [sic],” she unsuspectedly told the Sunday Times in a message.
The first point of contact was Twitter before the correspondence was moved to messenger app Kik.
Aisha, according to the Times, expressed concerns over the true identity of a certain Abu Abbas al-Lubnani, a name provided by Jones who would set up the meeting in which Aisha would receive money to facilitate the travel of two girls to Turkey.
“U have [to] give the bros name to Western Union as the collector. Listen if he’s giving u money to help u make hijrah [holy migration] dw [don’t worry] sis. He needs ur passport pics to check u aint spys or police cos hed get in big trouble if u was so dw ok just meet his brother and get the money,” Jones told the Sunday Times reporters.
According to Jones, who said she did not know Lubnani, girls would often receive the money but would never travel.
Her remarks mirrored those of Lubnani who according to the Times said: “people send money to girls to make hijrah and they take the money but dont come my sis said.”
She explained to Aisha the reality of living the militant’s self-declared caliphate.
“Women dont have careers sis under sharia law . . . We are wives we are expected to look after our men.”
However, she described life under ISIS as “awesome.”
"They look after u. U will never want for money again u live a good life here. U need to get married to get a house im just being honest with u but there are loads of men.”
Western Union are monitoring transactions into and out of Syria and Iraq and are on the lookout for any illegal activity.
“People in these countries have a humanitarian need for our services, which is why we continue to operate there. We have suspended some of our agents in areas that appear to be Isis occupied,” a spokesperson told the Times.