The Beeb has more details on the three addled teenage girls who ran off to be with IS, and how much fun they can expect to have there.
Dr Erin Saltman, from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, which offers independent expertise in counter-terrorism, said IS propaganda targets young women specifically with the promise of being part of a humanitarian movement.
She said: “They are the wives and mothers of the future jihadists so quite a lot of dedication and time has been put into trying to allure these younger women to come and join in these efforts.
“They are very much restricted to the house and home for the most part. There is strict sharia law in the region.”
Imprisoned in a house by themselves, in other words. No friends, no school, no shopping trips, no music, no films, no hanging out, no evenings at the pub…no anything. Just being raped, and doing household chores. I wonder how long it will take them to realize they ran away into a nightmare.
But if they and their families are very lucky they’ll be found before they cross into Syria.
BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said it was “absolutely extraordinary” that four girls from the same year at the same school had travelled to Syria, with the apparent aim of joining IS.
He said “very difficult questions” were being asked about how friends, family and the police had not managed to dissuade the three girls from going to Syria when their best friend had travelled to the country in December.
Home Secretary Theresa May said it was important “to look at the whole question of the ideology that is driving these actions” and the government was working on extremism strategy.
But shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the idea of the schoolgirls travelling to Syria was “very disturbing” and showed more action was needed to counteract extremist recruitment messages.
“Extremism” blah blah “extremist” blah blah – that’s an empty word. Imagine if they were “extremist” humanitarians or “extremist” volunteers with MSF – how welcome that would be. The issue isn’t “extremism,” it’s what they’re extreme about.