Various young women from European and American countries who left home years ago to marry jihadi fighters of ISIS and help the cause of a global caliphate, are now craving to return back to their home nations. These women, during their stay in ISIS controlled Syria, married multiple men from different ethnic and national backgrounds, and have either given birth to several children or are currently pregnant. One of the most common reason, that all these women have stated for their desire to return home is getting a better life for their children.
Shamina Begum, a former British national of Bangladeshi ancestry, left her home way back in early 2015 to join the ISIS movement as a bride. The ISIS brides are supposed to serve the fighters and give birthday to a new generation of hard-core jihadis. Shamina married a Dutch jihadi named Yago Riedijk, who is currently serving in prison in Holland. Begum, now 19, gave birth to a third child last week and is living in the al-Hawl Syrian refugee camp in northeast Syria, which holds about 39,000 people.
The UK Authorities have however denied refuge to Shamina stating that that she is no longer a British citizen and that she holds dual nationality.
Similarly United State’s Hoda Muthana, who left home in 2014, at the age of 19, is also seeking to return back home. It is ironical that the same lady had once wished that ISIS jihadis drive over the participants of veterans day. “Go on drive bys, and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriots, Memorial, etc day … Kill them,” read one of of her tweets. She has had three ISIS-connected husbands since arriving in Syria, according to The Guardian.
First she married Australian jihadi Suhan Rahman, who was killed in March 2015. She then married a Tunisian ISIS member, who fathered her son before being killed in Mosul. In 2018, she married a Syrian fighter. Muthana was captured by Kurdish fighters in January 2019 and is now living in the al-Hawl refugee camp. She told The Guardian that she wants to return to the US and said she was “brainwashed” and regrets her actions.
Just like these two, several other women from France and Canada are also looking to get back to their home nations. But people in those countries are skeptical about the intentions of these ISIS brides and are not ready to trust them. Many believe that these women are still as radical in mindset as they were a couple of years ago.