19-Year-Old ISIS Recruiter Arrested in Spain

September 7, 2015  

Spanish police on Monday arrested a 19-year-old woman on suspicion of recruiting for Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists, the latest in a string of women detained for allegedly sympathizing with the group, according to AFP.

The woman, who was not identified, was detained in the northeastern city of Figueres, the interior ministry said in a statement.

She is accused of the “indoctrination and recruitment of people with the goal of sending them to combat zones controlled by Daesh,” the ministry said, using an Arabic name for ISIS.

Her arrest is linked to objects seized from a suspected Islamic State jihadist, a 21-year-old Moroccan national, whom German police detained in Stuttgart last month after he fled Spain, the ministry said, according to AFP.

“With this arrest, a cell that was very active in promoting the ideology of the terrorist organization Daesh, and capturing new jihadist fighters and offering logistics support, has been neutralized,” the interior ministry said.

On Saturday, police arrested an 18-year-old Moroccan woman accused of preparing to travel to Syria to join the group, which has carried out numerous kidnappings and executions.

And in July, police arrested a Spanish woman on the Canary Island of Lanzarote suspected of recruiting pre-teen girls and teenagers of both sexes to send to areas controlled by ISIS.

Spanish authorities believe the woman maintained contact with ISIS jihadists in Syria, including a facilitator who gave her orders for recruiting girls and arranging their travel to Syria.

More than 100 people from Spain are suspected of having joined jihadist fighters in Iraq and Syria and authorities fear they may return to their home country to launch attacks there.

Spain is just one among a host of European countries dealing with radicalized locals who join jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

Among the countries that have experienced this are France, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and Britain, where Prime Minister David Cameron recently announced a five-year plan to tackle home-grown Islamic extremism and help communities integrate in Britain.

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  1. IsraeliGirl143 says:

    I dont get it….what is so appealing about joining a terrorist organization?

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