Brides of Daesh

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Numerous young women either traveled to Daesh territory to join their husbands or boyfriends, or traveled there to find a husband.[1][2]

Some of these women have been the subject of extensive press coverage.[1][2]

image name age country notes
Shamima Begum 19 United Kingdom
Amira Abase United Kingdom
Kadiza Sultana United Kingdom
Nassima Begum
Reema Iqbal
  • "The security services came to speak to me and I was honest, I told them my whole story so now it's up to them to judge."[2]
Sharmeena Begum






















  1. 1.0 1.1 Vikram Dodd and Esther Addley (2019-02-15). "Shamima Begum may have criminalised herself, says senior terrorism officer: Family calls for her return to UK and considers legal action to stop government blocking it". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 2019-02-15. "In 2015, Begum left with two school friends from their home in Bethnal Green to join Isis in Syria. She said this week that she did not regret her decision to go to Syria, but that she was nine months pregnant and wanted to come home to 'live quietly with [her] child'." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "IS teen's wish to return stirs UK debate over jihadi brides". France 24 (London). 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-02-15. "The Times newspaper managed to find an unrepentant Begum -- now 19 and about to give birth for the third time after seeing her first two children die -- at a refugee camp in eastern Syria." 
  3. Erin Marie Saltman, Melanie Smith (2015). 'Till Martyrdom Do Us Part' Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon. Institute for Strategic Dialogue. p. 4. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  4. Kathy Gilsinan (2014-07-25). "The ISIS Crackdown on Women, by Women". Atlantic magazine. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  5. "Syria girls: Families 'cannot stop crying'". BBC News. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  6. "Isil defector girls' families go to Turkey to probe disappearance". The Daily Telegraph. 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  7. "Scots jihadi will be prosecuted if she comes home, say police". STV TV. 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  8. James Cook (2015-03-16). "Glasgow 'jihadist' Aqsa Mahmood denies recruiting London girls". BBC News. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  9. Ben Morgan (2015-03-27). "Jihadi schoolgirl's father marched at flag-burning rally". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  10. "Father of schoolgirl feared to have joined Islamic State denies 'extremism' claim". ITV News. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  11. David Barrett (2015-03-10). "Three 'Jihadi brides' from London who travelled to Syria will not face terrorism charges if they return". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  12. Nigel Morris (2015-03-12). "Police sorry for failure to warn families of Isis girls about schoolfriend's flight". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  13. "Leaders: Vigilance crucial or more will be lost to IS". The Scotsman. 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  14. "David Cameron concerned over Syria-bound London girls". BBC News. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 7 April 2015-04-15. 
  15. Owen Bowcott (2015-03-25). "Travel ban for five east London girls over fears they will join Isis in Syria". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2015-04-07. 
  16. De Peyer, Robin (2017-08-06). "Families fear Bethnal Green schoolgirls who travelled to join Isis are now dead". London Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 2018-07-01. 
  17. Jon Henley, Vikram Dodd (2016-08-12). "Kadiza Sultana: London schoolgirl who joined Isis believed killed in Syria airstrike". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-08-12. 
  18. Milena, Vesselinovic, Sheena McKenzie (2016-08-14). "Family fears British girl who went to Syria is dead". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  19. Lizzie Dearden (2016-08-14). "Isis jihadi bride Kadiza Sultana 'abandoned efforts to escape Syria after Austrian girl beaten to death'". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-08-13. 
  20. "Families fear Bethnal Green schoolgirls who travelled to join Isis are now dead". ( 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2018-07-01. 
  21. "Shamima Begum: Ex-Bethnal Green schoolgirl who joined IS 'wants to come home'". 2019-02-13. 
  22. "Shamima Begum: Bring me home, says Bethnal Green girl who fled to join Isis". The Times. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-02-13.