ISIS once again made international headlines earlier this year when two teenagers from Vienna, Austria, fled their middle class homes to fight with the radical terrorist group in Syria. Samra Kesinovic, 17, Sabina Selimovic, 15, most likely married ISIS fighters once they joined the conflict, but now one of them is reportedly dead and the other is missing.
David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), told Daily Mail, “we received information just recently about two [teenage] girls… who left Austria, where they had been living in recent years; and everyone, the families and the intelligence services of the two countries, is looking for them.” He added, “Both were recruited by Islamic State. One was killed in the fighting in Syria, the other has disappeared.”
Three months ago, both sets of parents were warned their daughter might have been killed. It is unclear which teen has been killed in the conflict and which one is missing.
In October, Sabina gave an interview to Paris Match via text message. Although Sabina confirmed her husband was reviewing her answers before she sent them, she said she was happy to be supporting ISIS. “Here I am free. I can practice my religion freely. In Vienna, I could not,” she said.
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The girls aren’t the only Austrians fighting with ISIS. An estimated 130 citizens have joined the group. Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Marakovits said many young people were joining the ranks of ISIS. “If we can catch them before they leave we have the chance to work with their parents and other institutions to bring the youngsters out of the sphere of influence that prompted them to act in this way the first place.”
“Once they have left the country, even if they then changed their minds, it is then almost impossible to get them back.”