The teen girl who ran away from home to "help ISIS" has given an interview.

Samra. (Photo: Interpol)


One of the teenagers who fled Austria earlier this year to join the Islamic State has spoken out about her life in Syria, saying she can “really be free” among her new militant colleagues — but experts say she was probably coerced into making the statements.

Speaking via text message to French Paris Match magazine, 15-year-old Sabina Selimovic said: “I like to eat. The food here is very similar to Austria even if it’s mainly halal food.”


She added she could access cornflakes and Nutella in her new home.

“Here I can really be free,” Ms Selimovic said. “I can practice my religion.”

“I couldn’t do that in Vienna.”

But Austrian anti-terror agents believe the interview with the girl, who is now married to a jihadi fighter, was probably carried out at gunpoint — and friends and family of the girl claim she has told them in online conversations she wanted to come home, the Daily Mail reports.

“If they really want it to be believable that the girls are now claiming they don’t want to come home, they should let them give the interview on neutral territory where it’s possible to see that they aren’t being threatened by a gun,” an Austrian security worker told Central European News. “If the claim they want to come home is untrue, they have the opportunity to walk back into Syria.”

CEN reports that authorities who analysed the transcript of the interview are almost certain the teenager would have been threatened into keeping any anti-IS sentiment out of the interview.

Ms Selimovic claimed during the interview that she was not pregnant as previously reported, reports.

Previously, Mamamia wrote:

They are teenage girls who live on social media. And they are apparently the pregnant wives of IS fighters.


Until earlier this year, Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15,  were living in Vienna, Austria, with their families.

But the girls are believed to have become radicalised after coming into contact with Chechen youths, according to the International Business Times.

On 10 April, they vanished from their homes, leaving behind a letter that told their horrified families they had gone to the Middle East “to fight for Islam”.

Austrian girls pregnant to fighters
(Photo: Central European News)

“No point looking for us: See you in paradise”, they reportedly wrote. “We will serve Allah and die for him”.

Kesinovic and Selimovic are believed to have travelled to Syria to support the Islamic State  a claim fuelled by a series of photos posted on social media, which show the girls branding rifles and surrounded by armed men.

Earlier this week, it was reported one of the teenagers had been killed, although a conversation on messaging app WhatsApp involving one of the teenagers yesterday appeared to confirm those rumours weren’t true.

Now, in a bizarre twist, it’s been reported that the two girls are alive and well —  but that both are pregnant to a pair of Chechen fighters.

Austrian girls pregnant to fighters
Sabina. (Photo: Interpol)

Central European News (CEN) reports reports the girls are believed to have married a pair of Chechen fighters in Syria, and that both have claimed on their purported social media accounts they are pregnant in Syria.

Their parents have claimed that the messages are not being written by the girls, and Austrian officials say Islamic State militants may have written them.

“We have no independent confirmation that either of them are dead or alive, or that either of them are pregnant, although we suspect both are married,” an Austrian police spokesman said. “At the moment investigations are ongoing.”

Austrian girls pregnant to fighters
(Photo: Interpol)

As Mamamia previously reported, there are believed to be up t100 Australians currently fighting in Iraq and Syria, and women are being recruited via social media to join the ‘caliphate’ overseas as the wives of the ‘holy warriors’.

Jamie Dettmer investigated this trend recently for The Daily Beast, exposing a range of social media posts by Western women married to jihadi warriors who appear to think their main “contribution to the Islamic revolution will be through matrimony, not martyrdom”.

As Mamamia wrote last month, female recruits are likely to be trapped into a life of restrictions and servitude.

More to come.

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