A year ago, Samra Kesinovic and a teen-aged friend fled their Austrian homes to embrace ISIS, where for a brief moment, they became famous as “poster girls” for the terrorists.
She has now joined that friend in death, beaten in the Syrian city of Raqqa by members of ISIS, according to reports in the European news media.
Kesinovic and Sabina Selimovic left their Austrian homes in October of 2014.
“Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah and we will die for him,” read the note they left behind.
The two girls, both native Bosnians, went to Turkey and eventually to Syria, where they arrived in Raqqa. The girls, 17 and 15 when they left Austria, married ISIS fighters in Syria. After their arrival, they became important parts of the ISIS public relations effort. Their pictures were taken in full burqas carrying automatic weapons and surrounded by armed men as part of ISIS’ efforts to recruit young women to come to Syria.
“Here I can really be free. I can practice my religion. I couldn’t do that in Vienna.,” Selimovic tweeted Paris Match last month in an interview in which her husband supervised eery word tweeted. She was reported to have been killed in fighting around Raqqa not long afterward.
Media accounts report that Kesinovic wrote to her family from Syria saying that she wanted to leave Syria due to the brutality shown by ISIS, but could not get away. The news of her death came from a Tunisian woman who was able to escape ISIS, media accounts reported.
Austria is facing an increasing problem with young people wanting to go fight for ISIS, said Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Marakovits.
“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,” he said.
“Once they have left the country, even if they then changed their minds, it is then almost impossible to get them back,” he said.
Officials estimate there are 190 Austrians in Syria, many of whom fight for ISIS.
h/t: Yahoo! News Canada