If you want proof that even dabbling in Islam is a bad idea for young teenage girls, the stories of two young Austrian girls should suffice. Fifteen year-old Sabina Selimovic and Sixteen year-old Samra Kesinovic – who could pass for American teens based on facial features – began visiting a local mosque and are now missing; evidence suggests they may be in Syria:
Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe were tricked into going to Syria to fight for Islamist rebels.
Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, vanished from their homes in Vienna on April 10.
But the first hint their parents received as to where the girls might have gone was a spate of social media posts claiming they had gone to fight a ‘holy war’.
The extent to which these young girls are committed to waging Jihad on behalf of Syrian rebels is cloudy. It’s clear that the girls dabbled in Islam but it’s not clear that their facebook posts – allegedly made from their locations in Syria – are being written by them. Their parents admit to some things the girls had done that could have led to their ending up in Syria but don’t believe the posts are all being done by their daughters:
In Vienna the family admitted that the two had recently started going to a local mosque run by a radical Imam, Ebu Tejma.
The girls’ fathers are reportedly already abroad looking for their daughters, who have not contacted their parents.
While there is clearly some dispute about what happened – or is happening – to these girls, one thing is clear. They were curiously drawn to Islam and it did not lead to a good place. The wolf dawned sheep’s clothing and two young sheep were enticed.
It should be noted that these despicable tactics of deceit are being used by Syria’s opposition forces, not the Assad government.