A teenager and a 20 year old have become the first Australian women to flee to Syria to become jihadi brides.
Hodan, 18 and her friend Hafsa, 20, flew out of Sydney in the past fortnight after having lied to their families about where they were going, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
Up to 90 young men are believed to have travelled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State terror group, and a number of European women have fled their homes to become jihadi brides but this is the first time Australian women have made the journey.
The girls, who are believed to have links with the Somali community, risk a 10 year jail sentence if they travel to Al-Raqqa, the Islamic State’s stronghold in northern Syria.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently declared Raqqa a no-go zone for Australian citizens, making it an offence to enter or remain in the province without a legitimate purpose.
“Declared Al-Raqqa province under the Criminal Code sends a strong message to those Australians who seek to participate in the Syrian conflict,” she said.
Many girls meet their prospective husbands via the website Ask.fn, where young jihadis tell the world about their terror actions.
A British woman who monitors the site told The Times of London: “I’d say %90 of the Ask.fm messages to these jihadi men are marriage proposals. It’s ‘You’re so attractive. Will you marry me if I come to Syria?’
Attorney General George Brandis said families were now on the frontline of authorities’ hopes of stopping young Australians from travelling to the region.