And the importation of Muslims goes on and on
British female jihadis are running an ultra-religious police force that punishes women for un-Islamic behaviour in territory controlled by Islamist terrorists, The Telegraph can disclose.
New evidence shows a number of British female recruits to the al-Khanssaa brigade, an all-women militia set up by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
The al-Khanssaa brigade is operating in Raqqa, the Syrian city where Isil has set up its headquarters in the country. Security services believe that the American hostages James Foley and Steven Sotloff were both beheaded in the desert surrounding Raqqa reports the UK Telegraph.
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It is quite possible that the British women involved in the al-Khanssaa brigade will know the true identity of the suspect - known in the media as 'Jihadi John’ and thought to be from the south east England - who executed them.
A key figure in the al-Khanssaa brigade, according to researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), based in King’s College in London, is Aqsa Mahmood, a 20-year-old woman from Glasgow who fled to Syria in November last year.
Academics have identified three other women - all from the UK - who are members of the brigade. In all, ICSR believes about 60 British women have gone to Syria on jihad. The ICSR has a database of 25 British women it monitors.
The vast majority of the British women who have gone to Syria are aged between 18 and 24, typically 20 and under, with dozens more making inquiries about jihad in the past three weeks following the beheading of Mr Foley and the subsequent release of a video of his execution.
Mahmood, who was educated at private school and had wanted to be a doctor, is linked to the al-Khanssaa brigade through her jihadi name Umm Layth, which she uses on social network sites.
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Its members are all single women, who dress in black robes and wear a face veil. Brigade members are paid a monthly salary of 25,000 Syrian pounds - about £100.
Melanie Smith, a research associate at ICSR, said: “Al-Khanssaa is a sharia law police brigade. This is Isil’s female law enforcement. We think it’s a mixture of British and French women but its social media accounts are run by the British and they are written in English.
“Given how small the community networks are - we know there are about 500 male British jihadis out there - it is quite likely these women move in the same circles as the British killer of Foley and Sotloff.”
Miss Smith said: “The British women are some of the most zealous in imposing the IS laws in the region. I believe that’s why at least four of them have been chosen to join the women police force.”
Miss Smith, who monitors social media for clues to the movements of British female jihadis, said more women are heading for Syria on a daily basis.
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