Australia: 12 Muslim Women Join ISIS Jihad

From the Herald Sun:
A DOZEN young women have fled Melbourne’s suburbs to join Islamic State, according to a new Victoria Police taskforce set up to fight the growing threat of terrorism.

The Herald Sun can reveal that of the 12 who have attempted to join the brutal group, five have been successful and are living in the conflict zone.

Four of the women got as far as Turkey before being turned back; one was stopped by Customs in Australia; and two are unaccounted for.

Widow Zehra Duman and mother Dullel Kassab are two of the women now living under Islamic State.

In the past two months, Victoria Police has set up Taskforce Pax to try to fill gaps in intelligence in the fight against terrorism.

Assistant Commissioner Tracy Linford, who is in charge of the Security and Organised Crime Intelligence Unit, said the new taskforce was set up to cater for the large increase in terrorism-related work since the threat level was raised last September.

Authorities are concerned that women who have joined IS are contacting vulnerable young females in Melbourne to persuade them to join and to give them advice on how to make the journey to Syria.

Most of the 12 women are 18 to 20; one is 29.

“We are seeing a trend of young females travelling over there,” Ms Linford said...

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