28 Feb '15, 4am

Aqsa Mahmood: The girl who enticed others to join ISIS

AQSA Mahmood's family saw her as an intelligent and popular teenager who helped care for her three younger siblings and her grandparents at their home in Glasgow, Scotland. She listened to Coldplay, read Harry Potter novels and drank Irn Bru, a Scottish soft drink. She aspired to be a pharmacist or a doctor, and they did not expect her to leave home in November 2013 to go to Syria, where the authorities say she is one of the most active recruiters of young British women to join the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The authorities are investigating possible links between Mahmood, who goes by the name Umm Layth (meaning Mother of the Lion), and the disappearance last week of three teenagers from London. They, too, are believed to have travelled to Syria to join the ISIS terrorist group. The apparent trend of studious, seemingly driven young women leaving home to join ...

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