Australian jihadi bride says she doesn’t regret joining Islamic State

An Australian woman who left the country to join ISIS in Syria has revealed she doesn’t regret living under the Islamic State and has no plans to return to home. 

Janai Safar, 24, vowed never to return to Australia where she says there are ‘naked women on the streets’ and she could face ten years in jail.    

The mother-of-one, who was a nursing student in Sydney before leaving the country in 2015, was tracked down and interviewed by The Australian on Monday in Kurdish refugee camp, Roj.

She told the publication she refuses to raise her son, two-year-old Uthman, in a non-Islamic country and fears he could be taken away from her upon her return.

‘It was my decision to come here to go away from where women are naked on the street. I don’t want my son to be raised around that,’ she said.

‘I didn’t train or kill anyone. I just sat at home, and they will put me in jail, they will take my child off me. Why? I’m a Muslim.’ 

Janai Safar, 24, who was once a student in Sydney, has vowed never to return to Australia where she says there are 'naked women on the street' and she could face ten years in jail

Janai Safar, 24, who was once a student in Sydney, has vowed never to return to Australia where she says there are 'naked women on the street' and she could face ten years in jail

Janai Safar, 24, who was once a student in Sydney, has vowed never to return to Australia where she says there are ‘naked women on the street’ and she could face ten years in jail

The mother-of-one, who was a nursing student in Sydney before leaving the country in 2015, lives in the Kurdish refugee camp, Roj. Pictured above is another Syrian refugee camp

The mother-of-one, who was a nursing student in Sydney before leaving the country in 2015, lives in the Kurdish refugee camp, Roj. Pictured above is another Syrian refugee camp

The mother-of-one, who was a nursing student in Sydney before leaving the country in 2015, lives in the Kurdish refugee camp, Roj. Pictured above is another Syrian refugee camp

Ms Safar appeared to refer to the Australian law which means anyone who travels to an ISIS territory can be given a ten-year sentence.

She explained she and her cousin, who she only identified as Aylam, met their husbands when they moved to Raqqa between 2015 and 2017.   

They made the decision to join the jihadi group after watching material online and ‘studying’ together and then fled without telling their families.

‘I don’t regret coming to Syria. I don’t regret living under ­Islamic State. I didn’t tell my husband I was leaving,’ she added.  

The two women are believed to have ties to ISIS commanders who were accused of plotting a bomb attack on an Australian flight in 2017. 

Ms Safar revealed the Department of Foreign ­Affairs and Trade interviewed her on the two men’s involvement in the alleged plot which she said was ‘not true.’ 

She claimed her husband had never spoken about violence or terrorism, but said he did own weapons – as did ‘everyone.’ 

She did not go into further detail other than saying he was a Lebanese Australian who had died in a car crash a year ago.

Ms Safar revealed she, her cousin, and her cousin’s husband left the Islamic State after they were told to leave Raqqa during an attack in 2017.

They were caught by Kurdish officials and put in a refugee camp, while her cousin’s husband faces the death sentence in Baghdad. 

When her husband was caught, Ms Safar said her cousin was sent back to the Islamic State for an exchange, and now believes she was killed in a bombing.

The woman’s father, Samer, who described ISIS members as ‘crazy,’ said his daughter is ‘stubborn’ but ‘kind-hearted’.

‘I asked her a few times to come back. She said, “Dad, I’m here in jail. If I go back, I’m going to be in jail. What’s the difference?”‘ he told The Australian.

Ms Safar appears to be one of the few defiant jihadi brides who have chosen to stay as part of the Islamic State, while others have expressed regret in joining. 

Lisa Smith, a former Irish soldier who fled her country to become an ISIS bride revealed she wanted to return home this month.  

Ms Safar appears to be one of the few defiant jihadi brides who have chosen to stay as part of the Islamic State, while others have expressed regret in joining. Former life: Lisa Smith (circled) as an Irish soldier, left her country to join the Islamic State but is now begging to return home

Ms Safar appears to be one of the few defiant jihadi brides who have chosen to stay as part of the Islamic State, while others have expressed regret in joining. Former life: Lisa Smith (circled) as an Irish soldier, left her country to join the Islamic State but is now begging to return home

Ms Safar appears to be one of the few defiant jihadi brides who have chosen to stay as part of the Islamic State, while others have expressed regret in joining. Former life: Lisa Smith (circled) as an Irish soldier, left her country to join the Islamic State but is now begging to return home 

Lisa Smith at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria

Lisa Smith at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria

Lisa Smith before she left Ireland to join ISIS

Lisa Smith before she left Ireland to join ISIS

Lisa Smith, pictured left at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria with her two-year-old daughter in recent days, and right before she fled Ireland to join ISIS, is pleading to return home and says prison in Ireland could be no worse than life at the camp 

The 37-year-old lost her husband and is currently living in the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria with her two-year-old daughter.

She fled the terror group’s last holdout in Baghouz and is one of hundreds of women and children at the camp.      

Teenage jihadi bride Zehra Duman, who fled Melbourne to fight with the Islamic State in Syria in 2014, is now begging to come home, claiming her two children have the right to be treated like any other ‘normal kids’ in Australia. 

At the time Duman told Daily Mail Australia: ‘All you have to know is that the next time I will ever step into Australia, is when we come and make it a part of the Islamic State bi’thnillah.  

In an interview with an American humanitarian worker, a woman who refused to confirm her identity but is believed to be Duman said: ‘I want to go back to my country.

‘I think everybody’s asking for that because I’m an Australian citizen.’ 

Teenage bride Zehra Duman left Melbourne aged 19 to join the terror group in 2014. She was recently believed to be in a Syrian refugee camp, desperate to come home. Pictured: the woman thought to be Duman alongside aid workers

Teenage bride Zehra Duman left Melbourne aged 19 to join the terror group in 2014. She was recently believed to be in a Syrian refugee camp, desperate to come home. Pictured: the woman thought to be Duman alongside aid workers

Teenage bride Zehra Duman left Melbourne aged 19 to join the terror group in 2014. She was recently believed to be in a Syrian refugee camp, desperate to come home. Pictured: the woman thought to be Duman alongside aid workers

In an interview (pictured) with an American humanitarian worker, a woman who refused to confirm her identity but is believed to be Duman said: 'I want to go back to my country'

In an interview (pictured) with an American humanitarian worker, a woman who refused to confirm her identity but is believed to be Duman said: 'I want to go back to my country'

In an interview (pictured) with an American humanitarian worker, a woman who refused to confirm her identity but is believed to be Duman said: ‘I want to go back to my country’

The mother-of-two young children said she understood Australians would be angry with her but insisted: ‘My kids have a right to be treated like normal kids.’ 

The defeat of ISIS last year has displaced thousands of jihadi brides, many of whom are now in refugee camps in Syria.

Hundreds of babies have died and the woman said her two-year-old son and six-month-old daughter are sick and malnourished. 

‘I have no money, I’m not allowed to have money, they don’t give us food here and they don’t let us contact our families,’ she said in a video at Al Hawl refugee camp that was sent to the ABC.

‘I understand the anger that they have towards a lot of us here, but the kids don’t need to suffer.’

The woman, 24, claimed she has been trying to leave ISIS for two years but could not because she had no money and would get killed if she were caught. 

Duman, a former student at Isik College Keysborough, hit headlines in Australia when she fled in 2014 to marry Mahmoud Abullatif, a former Melbourne party boy-turned Muslim extremist.

Her father, Davut Duman, said his daughter, who became a successful ISIS recruiter, had been ‘brainwashed’ and that he desperately wanted her home.

In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be run by Duman under the name Umm Abdullatif showed pictures (above) of ISIS women carrying assault rifles and standing next to luxury cars

In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be run by Duman under the name Umm Abdullatif showed pictures (above) of ISIS women carrying assault rifles and standing next to luxury cars

In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be run by Duman under the name Umm Abdullatif showed pictures (above) of ISIS women carrying assault rifles and standing next to luxury cars

In one of her tweets, Duman boasted about her and American jihadi brides being thirty for Australian and American blood

In one of her tweets, Duman boasted about her and American jihadi brides being thirty for Australian and American blood

In one of her tweets, Duman boasted about her and American jihadi brides being thirty for Australian and American blood

In one photo (above) women reclined against a clean white BMW M5, wielding machine guns and dressed from head to toe in black Islamic dress

In one photo (above) women reclined against a clean white BMW M5, wielding machine guns and dressed from head to toe in black Islamic dress

In one photo (above) women reclined against a clean white BMW M5, wielding machine guns and dressed from head to toe in black Islamic dress

When Abullatif died in battle five weeks after their wedding, Duman remarried and had two children with her second husband who also later died.

In 2015, a Twitter account believed to be run by her under the name Umm Abdullatif showed pictures of ISIS women carrying assault rifles and standing next to luxury cars. 

In one tweet, Duman said: ‘US + Australia, how does it feel that all 5 of us were born n raised in your lands, & now here thirsty for ur blood?’  

Photographs posted to a Twitter account believed to be hers showed several women standing under an Islamic State flag.

They reclined against a clean white BMW M5, wielding machine guns and dressed from head to toe in black Islamic dress.

In one tweet, Duman said: ‘US + Australia, how does it feel that all 5 of us were born n raised in your lands, & now here thirsty for ur blood?’

Another image of five women standing under an Islamic State flag was captioned: ‘Can’t mess with my clique. From the land down under, to the land of Khilafah. Thats the Aussie spirit.’  

ISIS brides’ bid to get home: The case of Londoner Shamima Begum 

In 2018 ISIS was finally defeated after several years of fighting in Iraq and Syria.

The defeat displaced thousands of jihadi brides who had fled their home countries to join the fight and marry ISIS soldiers. 

In February former London schoolgirl turned ISIS bride Shamima Begum was tracked down to a the Al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria.

In an interview with The Times, the 19-year-old demanded to be allowed home to Britain for the sake of her unborn baby son, Jerah.  

Ms Begum, from Bethnal Green in east London, was 15 when she and two other schoolgirls went to join the terror group in February 2015. 

Last month former London schoolgirl turned ISIS bride Shamima Begum (pictured with her son was tracked down to a the Al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria

Last month former London schoolgirl turned ISIS bride Shamima Begum (pictured with her son was tracked down to a the Al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria

Last month former London schoolgirl turned ISIS bride Shamima Begum (pictured with her son was tracked down to a the Al-Hawl refugee camp in north-eastern Syria 

Her family announced the boy’s birth on February 17 and said they believed he was ‘in good health’. 

But Jerah died aged 18 days old last week after suffering pneumonia.

Ms Begum said two of her other children had also died in Syria. 

She was moved to another camp after she was threatened by other IS wives for revealing her face during Press interviews.

The British government stripped Miss Begum of her British citizenship. It said it was able to do so because she also held a Bangladeshi passport.

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