Two Austrian girls who ran away to Syria to join Islamic State fighters are beginning to regret their decision. The girls have managed to contact families and one wants to go home according to Austrian media.
Samra Kesinovic, 17, and friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, would love to press the undo button on the last six months, during which they traded their comfortable existence in Europe for a life of evil engineered by terrorists.
The pair left home to join Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in April.
Little information was immediately known, aside from that one had been 17 and one 16 at the time of their departure. Both reportedly married Chechen fighters after their arrival in Syria and became pregnant.
Since their departure, pictures have emerged online of the pair brandishing Kalashnikov rifles and wearing the full niqab.
However, Austrian police have claimed that their social media accounts were overtaken and manipulated by IS.
“It is clear that whoever is operating their pages, it probably is not the girls, and that they are being used for propaganda,” a security expert told the Austrian Times.
Interpol released images of the two girls in April, after they disappeared.
Both sets of parents have been attempting to make contact and unconfirmed reports have stated that communication has been established.
Both are currently believed to be in Rakka, in northern Syria.
According to Vienna-based newspaper Österreich, Samra wants to return home as the horrors of Syria “have become too much.” The newspaper, which is known for its close links both to the security services and the children’s families, says that death is a “constant companion” for the girls.