LONDON, October 7, 2014 – As many as 50 young women have reportedly left Great Britain to join ISIS in recent months, with some of them as young as fourteen years of age. A handful of other countries, including Austria, France and the United States have also encountered young female citizens attempting to flee their borders in order to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Charlie D’Agata with Yahoo News stated, “When these young women run away we are not sure whether they are leaving to fight or leaving to marry, but we do know they are leaving good homes and shocked loved ones behind.”
Steven Pomerantz, the former Chief of Counter-terrorism at the FBI, thinks that young girls are being lured to ISIS as a way of giving meaning to their lives. Pomerantz stated, “They’re also looking for excitement, they’re looking for adventure, they’re looking for social acceptance.”
The militant group has amped up its recruitment efforts in recent months and is targeting susceptible teenagers with its message of jihad. ISIS has reportedly used social media and web campaigns to reach young men and women in other countries.