Syria: Tooba Gondal, the British jihadi known as ‘the ISIS matchmaker’ has been found in a refugee camp in northern Syria, it was reported earlier this week.
Tooba Gondal, now 25, left her home in Britain and went to live in the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa.
The former student, who uses the pseudonym Umm Muthanna Al Britaniyah, has now reappeared in Ain Issa camp with her two children after a failed escape attempt.
The Daily Mail reports:
The daughter of a successful London businessman had been trying to flee from ISIS-held Baghuz – the group’s final holdout – to the Turkish border two months ago, it was claimed.
Speaking from the camp, she told the Rojava Information Centre she wanted to come home. According to the centre, which published the interview on Twitter, she said: ‘The British public are scared, they don’t want to deal with us. But they must.
‘We can’t stay in this camp for the rest of our lives, they must deal with us. We are not threat to their society, we just want a normal life again.’
She said she wanted to be repatriated back to the UK, adding: ‘The women and the children [of ISIS] became the victims… if I did not harm anyone, if I committed no harm in Syria for four years, what kind of threat can I be to Britain?’
Gondal, who lived in Walthamstow, east London, and was a student at Goldsmiths, University of London, is the eldest daughter of a successful London businessman.
Through her prolific output on social media, she commands a powerful influence on her following of largely young girls as she ‘grooms’ them, urging them, as she has done, to travel to Syria and marry bloodthirsty IS killers.
In her online rants, she described Britain as ‘a filthy country’ and praised the Paris massacre last November, which left more than 130 dead, saying: ‘EXPLOSIONS AND SHOOTINGS… 80 dead. And all praise is due to Allah Almighty. #ParisUnderAttack.’
She added: ‘Wish I could have seen the hostages being slaughtered last night with my own eyes. Would have been just beautiful.’
One ex-classmate said: ‘She was a rebel. She did come to school with the headscarf, but she would then take it off. She also liked sneaking out of her house.’
The friend, who did not want to be identified, said Gondal even smoked at school and had secret boyfriends. She adored boy bands and their music – a far cry from the jihadi songs she would come to love.
The friend said she stayed in contact with Gondal by social media during their college years, but noticed a change about two years ago.
‘She started posting verses of the Koran on Twitter, and talking about religion. I just don’t know what brought it on,’ she said.
None of the former friends we spoke to had any clue as to why Gondal would go to Syria.
Her chilling radicalisation almost certainly took place largely online and, as she carries out IS’s bidding on social network sites, that is where Gondal, under her nom de guerre, hunts for new recruits.
Her tweets and photographs glamorise jihad in Syria, and encourage others to leave Britain and head for the self-declared caliphate.
She is one of about 60 British women and girls who have fled to Syria to join IS.