Mother defies jihadists, takes daughter home from Raqqa

The girl left to marry militant, now on trial in the Netherlands

21 November, 19:52

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    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS - A Dutch woman, a practicing Catholic, reportedly donned the Islamic veil to save her 19-year-old daughter. She travelled to Raqqa, the 'capital' of the Islamic State, so she could take her back home, according to Dutch press reports. A few months before, after converting to radical Islam, the teenager disappeared and then flew to Syria to marry a mujaheddin.

    So the mother, Monique, challenged ISIS to save her.

    The two women are now safe and sound in Maastricht, where the young woman - who had adopted the name Aisha after converting to Islam - appeared before judges to face charges of ''terrorism'' and ''threatening the security of the State'', local Dutch media report.

    According to the reports, young Aisha had reached Syria to marry one of the 130 jihadists believed to have left the Netherlands to fight for ISIS.

    The 19-year-old reportedly fell in love with a former soldier, identified as Omar Yilmaz, who has been fighting in Syria against Assad for months now, by watching television.

    ''She saw him as a sort of Robin Hood'', said the mother. So she decided to look for him on social media and, once she found him, she decided to join him to get married.

    But Dutch tabloid Algmeen Dagblad (Ad) said something went wrong, the wedding plan was scrapped, and the girl was in danger. She contacted her mother from Syria.

    Monique thus left for Turkey last week, and said she crossed the border and was able to meet her daughter in Raqqa to bring her back home through Turkey. However, some have questioned this account: Roger Bos, a prosecutor, told Dutch TV he believes the mother never entered Syria and probably waited for her daughter at the border. (ANSAmed)

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