Austrian Teens Who Joined ISIS Reportedly Want To Return Home

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Two Austrian teens who ran away from home and joined ISIS in Syria now say that they made a mistake and want to return home.

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, are both married to Chechen militants and pregnant, according to reports from Central European News. They are living in the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqa in northern Syria, the New York Post reported.

When they fled their homes in April, they left a note for their parents that read: “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah — and we will die for him.”

According to the Vienna Times, the girls were preached to by a radical local cleric, who persuaded them that the only way to know true peace is to travel to Syria and take part in the holy war. They allegedly began preaching to classmates at school and calling for jihad.

Social media accounts, which allegedly belong to the girls, show pictures of them in traditional burkas.

Austrian authorities say that ISIS is responsible for the images as part of a plan to depict them as the proud poster girls for jihad.

"It is clear that whoever is operating their pages it probably is not the girls, and that they are being used for propaganda,” a security services source told the Vienna Times.

Now CEN reports that the girls want to return home and have managed to contact their loved ones to ask for help. They reportedly believe they cannot flee because too many people now associate them with ISIS.

“The main problem is about people coming back to Austria,” said Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck. “Once they leave, it is almost impossible.”

Sources: New York Post, Vienna Times

Image credit: Interpol, Europics