It’s hard for most of us to figure out exactly what’s going on in the minds of these young girls who are running away from comfortable homes to be jihadi brides.
We know that sites likes Twitter allow them to follow and be impressed by accounts of ISIS fighters; from here they get in direct touch with these terrorists and make plans on how to escape and travel.
ISIS has been targeting these impressionable girls though media outlets like the al Zora Foundation.
Such sites publish recipes that will give energy to the mujahideen and ask all women who want to join ISIS to receive weapons training.
But what is the role of women in ISIS? Mostly, they’re looked at as wives to the fighters and mothers to the next generation of jihadis. Some of their Twitter accounts try to paint a very rosy picture of life as a jihadi bride.
There are also female ‘police forces’ that are in charge of making sure women follow sharia law; these groups have many women who were raised in the West and are accused of being very harsh.
Experts speculate that perhaps some of these girls think that life with ISIS will be like a great adventure – like being in an Arabian Nights story. Others might want to do so out of religious convictions. Some are mentally unsound and unable to make good decisions.
Some of these girls probably have a hard time balancing between free Western culture and their families’ usually orthodox rules and lifestyle.
There have been cases of these girls regretting their decision to join ISIS. Pregnancy, STDs, loss of all rights and freedom are the truth of being a jihadi bride, which most of these girls will realize too late.