A 21-year-old woman who was British medical student before fleeing to Syria has posted an image on Twitter of herself holding up a severed head.
In the picture, which has since been taken down from the site, she can be seen in her white medical coat and full burka clearly holding up the head as children look on in the background. She wrote alongside the image, “Dream job, terrorist doc,” followed by love hearts and smilie faces.
The Daily Mail reports that the woman goes by the name Mujahidah Bint Usama, a jihadist pseudonym, with ‘Mujahidah’ meaning ‘female soldier of God’, bint translating as ‘child of’, and Usama most likely a reference to Osama bin Laden.
Her Twitter account has now been suspended, but it previously had over 800 followers. She used it to tweet images of the 9/11 attacks and dead soldiers, along with more mundane, practical information on how to treat insomnia and an injured knee.
In her description of herself she wrote: “Running away from Jihād will not save you from death. You can die as a coward or you can die as a martyr.”
She also tweeted images of the execution of Steven Sotloff and called on Muslim women to push their husbands into joining jihad, as well as praising Al Qaeda spokesman Anwar al-Awlaki, an extremist who may have inspired hundreds of Western-based jihadis.
Bint Usama is one of an increasingly high number of British Muslim women who have travelled to Syria to help the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Many have been given senior positions in the so-called Al-Khanssaa brigade, which exists to force a strict interpretation of Islamic law on women in the city of Raqqa.
Last week, Breitbart London reported how some of these women are also running ‘brothels’ where captured Yazidi women are kept as sex slaves for jihadi men. It is estimated that up to 3,000 Yazidi women have been captured by ISIS.
the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London says that it has identified up to 60 UK women who have travelled to Syria and Iraq for Jihad, with the vast majority being aged between 18 and 24.
It is believed hostages Steven Sotloff, James Foley and David Haines were killed in the desert near Raqqa, meaning that these women could know who the perpetrators are.