Islamic apologists and western elites blame “charismatic recruiters” who are “brainwashing” Muslims. Let me ask you something: could any leader convince you to behead, rape, enslave and slaughter?
UK Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warned: “Today’s terrorist may …. very well also be a lone disaffected youth radicalised by extremist material on his home computer.” Disaffected “doctors,” “lawyers,” “prep school” and “private school students” radicalized by “extremist material”? Extremist material like what — the Qur’an? Hadith? Sira?
There are no lone wolves in the jihad war. There are millions of Muslim soldiers all over the world all following the same playbook – the Quran – and the same ideology – Islam.
No matter how many times the nonsense is disproved, they trot out the well-worn disaffected myth.
Apparently this entire family was …. disaffected. What insulting hogwash. It’s religious fervor. Pious slaughter in the cause of Islam.
“Three British sisters feared to have gone to Syria to join brother,” By Tom Whitehead, The Telegraph, 15 Jun 2015
The sisters and their children, aged between three and 15, were due back in the UK on Thursday
Three British sisters are feared to have gone to Syria with their nine children, one as young as three, to join their brother fighting there.
The family, from Bradford, disappeared after first going to Saudi Arabia on an Islamic pilgrimage but are believed to have then flown to Turkey and have not been heard of in a week.
Their distraught husbands fear the childrens’ lives are now in danger.
Police also faced questions after reports the sisters were under watch prior to vanishing.
It came as police chiefs and senior politicians warned how easy people are being fooled by Isil propaganda and lured to the war torn country
It is feared “charismatic recruiters” are “brainwashing” people online as community leaders urged parents and the public to help root out the groomers.
In the most alarming case to date, siblings Khadija Dawood, 30, Sugra Dawood, 34, and Zohra Dawood, 33, are believed to have followed their brother to Syria.
They took with them their nine children, five year-old Muhammad Haseeb, Maryam Siddiqui, seven, Ismaeel Iqbal, three, Mariya Iqbal, five, Zaynab Iqbal, eight, Ibrahim Iqbal, 14, Junaid Ahmed Iqbal, 15, Haafiyah Binte Zubair, eight, and five-year-old Nurah Binte Zubair.
Family chart of missing Dawood family
A lawyer acting for their devastated husbands issued a desperate appeal for their return.
Balaal Khan said: “They are concerned that their children’s lives are in danger.
“The concern is for the well-being and safety of the children. The fathers are distraught, they feel helpless and they don’t now what to do. They want the children out of harm’s way.”
The extended family went to Saudi Arabia on May 28 for a pilgrimage.
They were due to return to the UK on June 11 but it is believed they, instead, boarded a flight on June 9 from Madina to Istanbul in Turkey, which is a well trodden destination to get in to Syria.
Their relatives have now heard from their in almost a week and their Facebook sites and other social media has not been updated.
It is believed the trio’s brother is already in Syria fighting with extremists and it is feared the sisters have gone to find him.
Mr Khan said: “One of the possibilities is they travelled to Turkey to travel to Syria. The suspicion, and main concern, is that the women have taken their children to Syria.”
He said police were notified five or six days ago but were limited in what they could do.
However, a family friend claimed the sisters had been under “extensive police surveillance”, according to Channel 4 News.
The Dawood family leaving UK for Saudi Arabia (Channel 4 News)
The siblings’father was unavailable for comment but local resident Mohammed Khan, 35, said he was disabled and in ill health.
“He has his son and three daughters who would look after him and now they’ve gone. It’s terrible,” he said.
“I knew the brother had gone away about a year or so. So now the daughters have gone too he has no one.”
A former neighbour added: “They were a big family and you never had any trouble from them. They were just nice and normal.
“I’m just so shocked to hear the news. Three women and nine children – it’s unbelievable.”
West Yorkshire Police is investigating as a missing persons case and was “working extensively with authorities overseas to try and locate them”.
Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said: “We are extremely concerned for the safety of the family and would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.
“Our priority is for their safe return; their families are gravely worried about them and want them home. One of our primary concerns is the safety and welfare of the young children.”
The growing influence of terror groups in attracting youngsters to their cause has caused huge alarm among the security services and Government in a series of new developments.
The typical age range for Britons joining jihad has fallen from around 25 to 35 during the Afghanistan War to 14 to 26 now.
And, for the first time, significant numbers of Muslim women and young girls in the West are joining the conflict too.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, warned: “Today’s terrorist may of course be a hardened member of an organised terrorist ‘cell’, but may very well also be a lone disaffected youth radicalised by extremist material on his home computer.
“Some of those travelling to Syria are fulfilling a long-standing Jihadi ambition. But others who travel to Syria are youngsters fooled by propaganda – out of their depth and running out of time. The police must find a way to deal with both.”
On Mr Asmal’s death, David Cameron’s official spokeswoman said it “underlines the need to do all we can to prevent young people being radicalised and, if they are thinking of travelling, to stop them from doing so”.
Haras Rafiq, managing director of the Quilliam Foundation counter-extremism think-tank, said: “What happens is that they are driven to charismatic recruiters either offline or online and then they find a solution to their problems … which has a theological justification under it.
“Isis is almost like a corporate entity, this is 21st century jihad and getting their message out to people is very important to them.”
CALLS FOR AUTHORITIES TO DO MORE TO COUNTER FLIGHT RISK: FORMER PROSECUTOR CALLS FOR COURTS TO STEP IN WHEN PARENTS MIGHT FLEE
The courts should step in when it is feared parents could take their children to join ISIS, a former senior prosecutor has claimed as Home Secretary Theresa May sent out a warning to anyone tempted to join extremists
Nazir Afzal, who led the CPS in north-west England from 2011 until earlier this year, said both the state and Muslim communities need to pay more attention to the issue.
Mr Afzal said: 'The international community has judged rightly that Iraq and Syria are unsafe areas. Therefore if a child is at risk of being taken there we should, if necessary resort to law to prevent them being taken.'
Mr Afzal said this could include proceedings to make children wards of court being brought in appropriate cases.
Mr Afzal suggested court proceedings could also be used to stop those thought to be at risk of taking children from applying for travel documents.
'It's the basic principle in UK law that the welfare of the child is paramount,' he said.
Nazir Afzal (left) has called for family courts to step in when it is feared families may be planning to join ISIS while Home Secretary Theresa May (right) said children suffer a 'life of war, famine and hardship'
Mr Afzal was also critical of Muslim leaders, saying: 'The propaganda that ISIS is delivering needs a more robust and continuing response from these leaders in order to minimise its impact on families.'
Home Secretary Theresa May later appealed to any Britons considering joining extremists, telling them: 'Do not travel.'
The Home Secretary said authorities are seeing what they are up against 'time and again'.
Mrs May was addressing more than 100 senior police representatives at an event to discuss the terrorist threat hosted by the Metropolitan Police.
She concluded by saying she wanted to 'issue a direct message to those British men and women who are thinking about travelling to fight and live in Syria and Iraq'.
'I know you've been told that fighting for Isil represents a glorious cause,' she said. 'I know you've heard that Syria offers your family a new way of life.
'Yes, I recognise that some of you may have been tempted by these messages on social media, the internet and elsewhere.
'But to you I say this: travelling to Syria and Iraq is dangerous. You will be putting your life and the lives of your families at serious risk.
'You will be subjecting yourselves and your children to a life of war, famine and hardship.
'You will be travelling to a place where there are none of the freedoms and opportunities which you have enjoyed in this country. There is no democracy, no rule of law.
'If you travel, you reject these freedoms. You turn your back on your families and your communities and instead you embrace hatred, intolerance and brutality.'