Female jihadis are using the platform of social media to recruit Western women for the caliphate. Why aren’t we doing more to stop the “dangerous tipping point”? The bigger question about the continuing caliphate: Why is the West bringing in the Muslim “refugees” by the hundreds of thousands when it’s VERY obvious that these supposed refugees are participants in the effort to colonize the West with Muslims. Wake up America!
Just this April, a video filmed in SYRIA (where the “refugees” are coming from) was released showing the militant jihadi women in action:
English-speaking female jihadis have been using social media to try to lure western Muslims to join them with Islamic State in Libya, a new front in the war on terror just 400 miles from Europe’s shores.
Three native English-speaking women have been monitored for months by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a UK-based thinktank, and are believed to be British. They say they have been living in the wartorn north African country since at least the start of the summer.
Using a variety of social media platforms, including Twitter and encrypted messaging apps such as Surespot and Telegram, the three have reached out to their hundreds of followers, and as routes into Syria via its 500-mile border with Turkey have become further restricted they have advertised the journey to Libya as the easiest way of joining Isis’s so-called caliphate.
Isis has been in Libya for just over a year and the country is home to its largest forces outside of the Middle East. The group has its headquarters in the northern coastal town of Sirte, birthplace of Libya’s late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, but also has a training base to the west of the capital, Tripoli.
Melanie Smith, ISD researcher and an expert in western female jihadis, said evidence of women travelling to Libya to start a new life under Isis represented a dangerous tipping point.
“Where we see movements of women migrating, that represents the organisation [Isis] trying to consolidate their territory and state-build rather than just fight and conquer territory. [And] the more that you consolidate that territory, the more you populate that territory, the more difficult it is for that to change,” she said.
In late June one woman calling herself Umm [sister] Unknown wrote: “Come to Libya. Hijra [religious migration] is not only to Shaam [Syria] now. Libya needs you too.”
The same day, she added: “5 brothers made hijra about a month ago and they are all shaheed [martyred] … the mujahideen in Libya need you!!!!”
Umm Unknown’s Twitter account was operational for nearly two years before being suspended. She stated she arrived in Libya on 19 June 2015, posted links to various events in Libya, and had connections with one verified English-speaking fighter in Libya and the two other native English-speaking women also understood to be in the country.
A second extremist going under the name Umm Asiyah, questioned via Ask.fm, an online question forum, why she had gone to Libya, replied: “To live under the Shariah [law] of Allah.” She also tweeted about the pain of leaving her family. On 2 July she wrote: “Every time I hear my mom’s voice I die a little may Allah get her out of Darul Kufr [land of unbelief].”
A week earlier she tweeted that getting to Libya was “not as hard” as travelling in Turkey.
The third radical, Umm Mus’ab, said she had arrived in Libya as early as May 2015, telling her followers to “Come to the land where no man will ever see your face.” Commenting on life in Libya she replied: “It’s mind bogglingly great.”
While none of the now-suspended accounts made any explicit mention of a previous existence in the UK, Smith said other pieces of evidence pointed towards British associations.
“The type of colloquialisms they use are quite common among the other British women we follow who are in Syria and Iraq; very similar language, very similar slang, and references.”
Smith added that their social media networks were “very British-heavy” and they associated with known UK jihadis fighting abroad and domestic UK extremists.
This week a jihadi from east London who is living in Isis’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa, Syria, encouraged her followers to go to Libya. The woman, who is in her early 20s and of Pakistani heritage, is understood to have become a widow after her husband was killed in mid-July.
“How many brothers & sisters in Turkey, cannot go back home and cannot enter in … Make your Visa and go to #IS in #Libya,” she wrote on Twitter adding, “we need to raise more awareness”.
Smith said the trend of looking to Libya as a new area for extremists was growing. “They [jihadis] speak about Libya as the new frontier and as an extension of the caliphate.
Read more: The Guardian