The latest story in the on-going revelations about Europeans heading off to far away lands to fight for jihad involves two British schoolgirls travelling to Syria to become jihadi brides.
Twins Salma and Zahra Halane 16 years old and of Somali descent telephoned their parents in Manchester to inform them that they did not plan to return. The girls, who entered Syria via Turkey, disappeared from their home in late June. Police are now investigating how the trip was funded and whether the cost may have been met by jihadi fighters seeking wives. The girls older brother is known to Greater Manchester police and is also known to have travelled abroad.
From Cardiff, brothers Nasser and Aseel Muthana travelled to join the Islamist terror group ISIS, also in June. Nasser, the older of the two, subsequently appeared in a recruitment video and took to Twitter to post pictures of homemade bombs with the caption So the UK is afraid I come back with the skills Ive gained.
Home Secretary Theresa May has warned that hundreds of Britons have travelled abroad to join the global jihad and warned that terrorism was now on the doorstep of Europe. The Home Secretary stated: We continue to face possible attacks by al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But we face further threats from Syria and now from Iraq where al Qaeda, ISIL and others have created a safe haven with substantial resources including advanced technology and weapons. They are on the doorstep of Europe, just a few hours flying time from London, and they want to attack us not just in Syria or Iraq but here in Britain. She added that she is prepared to use her powers to deprive dual nationals of their British citizenship, and to remove peoples passports to prevent them travelling.
Meanwhile, the ringleader of Boko Haram, the Islamist group in Nigeria which was responsible for the kidnap of hundreds of schoolgirls, is revealed as Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche apparently radicalised in UK universities.
According to the Telegraph, Ogwuches Facebook posts have included:
Ogwuche was arrested in Sudan in May to be questioned in connection with two bomb blasts in the Nigerian capital which killed almost 100 people. This arrest had revealed the first traces of connections between British Islamism and Boko Haram.
Al-Shabaab, the group responsible for the terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping centre in Kenya which killed scores of people, also has British connections and is actively recruiting in this country. In a video aimed at British Muslims, a masked jihadi claimed that the group has gained recruits from London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham. He added: I call on you today all the Muslim men in Britain, especially the city of Tower Hamlets.
Al-Shabaab is estimated to have a membership of around four to six thousand militants and its objective is to install sharia law in the Horn of Africa. It is a particularly nasty faction which has been linked to various atrocities in Somalia. In 2008, it came to the attention of Amnesty International when it was blamed for the stoning to death of a 13 year old alleged rape victim, and according to some reports, they seek to ban movies, music, dancing, and other forms of entertainment. Frequent lashings are also reported.
While the world experiences a burst of terror and a growth in repressive sharia law, many Western elites continue to scratch their heads in wonder as to what can be radicalising so many people. The head-scratching occurs in conjunction with the unfettered expansion of sharia courts in Britain, Islamist attempts to take over schools, and unchallenged hate-preaching in mosques and universities all of it accompanied by shouts of Islamophobia directed at all who object.
It is certainly a mystery what can be going wrong?