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Meet 21-year-old ISIS jihadi matchmaker who lures women to travel to Syria

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jul 4, 2016, 3:05 pm IST
Updated Jul 4, 2016, 3:31 pm IST
Tooba, who is one of the 60 British women who have travelled to Syria to join ISIS, left to Syria late in 2014 and has been living in Raqqa.
Tooba Gondal after a mock interview at her school. Right, Tooba in Syria as Umm Muthanna (Photo: Facebook)
 Tooba Gondal after a mock interview at her school. Right, Tooba in Syria as Umm Muthanna (Photo: Facebook)

London: Umm Muthanna Al Britaniyah, who has been accused by authorities of glamourising life under the terror outfit, and acting as ISIS’s matchmaker, has been identified as none other than 21-year-old University of London student of Pakistani origin, Tooba Gondal.

Tooba, who is one of the 60 British women who have travelled to Syria to join ISIS, left to Syria late in 2014 and has been living in Raqqa, ISIS’ de-facto capital since January 2015, after marrying a top-notch terrorist of Lebanese origin, Al Lubnani.

 

A Tooba’s friends describe her as an average British girl, who likes to sneak out of her house, loose her hijab when out of the house, smoke, and have boyfriends.

Recalled as being rich by her friends, Tooba’s family has property worth £1.5million in UK, including a palatial six-bedroom house in Wanstead.

A report in Daily Mail reveals that Tooba found a seat at the prestigious Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, studying English, and an overview of her social media accounts and blog reveals that in about November 2012 – apparently while she was a student at Goldsmiths College – she says she ‘reverted’ back to Islam.

 

But Tooba’s friends are lost when it comes to figuring out what prompted the change in her, and becoming one of the most visible British female ‘ambassadors’ for the terror group online. According to reports, Tooba radicalises young women and coaxes them to travel to Syria and become jihadi brides.  

Reports claim that though Tooba did not reveal her real identity online, she left clues about herself, revealing her followers that she was a 21-year-old of Pakistani origin from East London. During the Paris terror attacks last year, Tooba left one big clue to her real identity, when she Tweeted “Burn Paris burn. Can’t believe that is my birth place. LOL HOW SCARED ARE THESE KUFFAR(non-Muslims)." It as later confirmed that Tooba's family shifted from Paris to UK when she was young.

 

Reports indicate that Tooba might have been counselled by Al Lubnani to travel to Syria, and was initially adapting to the life of a housewife, wondering what could be better than giving birth to  a ‘new generation of  lions’  and claiming how much she enjoyed making kebabs for her husband.

In March 2015, she Tweeted a picture of herself in full burka with an AK-47 saying, “Living the life.’ But in August last year she Tweeted, “My husband Abu Abbas Al-Lubnani… got shahadah (martyrdom).”

 

When contacted, her father confirmed that Tooba was living in Raqqa and was safe, despite the other British jihadis moving to Mosul, ISIS’ capital in Raqqa. He also added that he would have prevented her from leaving had he had the slightest clue of her intentions.

Once a girl who embraced life, Tooba is now looking forward to death. “My sins terrify me, everyone around me is getting hahadah. Ya rabb [Oh, Lord]! When will it be my turn? When will I unite with my husband,” she tweeted.

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