A young woman used to have the time of her life as a physics student and passionate fashion blogger, originally from Morocco. Her life took a turn for the ugly and difficult when her husband of three years became a jihadi fighter and forced her to go live with him in an Isis bastion in Syria.
Islam Mitat, 23, a mother of two revealed the horrors of the life of jihadi brides like herself under the so-called caliphate. She met her husband, Ahmed, on a Muslim dating website. He initially told her they had to travel to Turkey because of his work. But she was forced instead to illegally cross into Syria. But shortly after her arrival in Syria, Ahmed was killed in the battle of Kobane. A few months after her husband’s untimely death, she gave birth to their son Abdullah, now two years old.
Mitat also shared how she discovered life in “Little Britain “ within the caliphate. She set up home with teenage British twins, Zahra and Salma Halane, who ran away from their home in Manchester in 2014. Three other school girls from Bethnal Green, east London, Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamina Begum, also lived with them, along with some other jihadist brides from Bristol and Glasglow.
Mitat also shared that she met Sally Jones, the “White Widow “from Kent, a former punk singer and known as one of the most wanted female terrorists in the world.
The young mother said jihadists were even delighted to read about themselves in online British news sites and shockingly “looked happy” about the terrorist attacks in Europe.
After her first husband’s death, Mitat got married to a German Afghan fighter who used to restrict her freedom, banning her from leaving their home and seeing her friends. She knew then that her dreams of fleeing the caliphate were dashed.
She was eventually able to divorce her German husband and remarried an Australian fighter known as Abu Abdallah al-Afghani.
She knows her situation is bleak but it’s nothing compared to the far worse lives and conditions of Yazidi sex slaves she encountered. She witnessed many of them being regularly beaten. Isis fighters used the slaves as “a bit of fun.” She attempted to buy freedom for one of the women but she didn’t have enough money then.
Mitat was also exposed closely to the horrors of war as the caliphate found itself under mounting military pressure. She horrifically witnessed mutilated bodies of accused traitors hanging and after an air strike, her street would be filled with mutilated bodies.
Mitat shared sadly: “It was so hard to see someone next to you killed. Blood and all of this. It was terrible.”