Tania Georgelas, born Joya Choudhury, met her jihadi sweetheart through a Muslim dating site. They both shared a passion for jihad and dreamed of having children to “train them to be assassins or soldiers.”
In an interview with The Atlantic, the ex-jihadi bride said she was radicalized after her British Asian family was targeted by racists.
“Growing up in London was rough, I came from a very poor family,” she said. “We were second-generation immigrants and had faced a lot of racism.
“We had bad neighbors, they would smash our windows but generally I just felt like an outsider. I was looking for a way to retaliate and I wanted honor again.”
She met American convert John Georgelas through a Muslim dating site and they married in England when she was still a teen.
John Georgelas, who used the name Yahya Abu Hassan, became a well-known extremist scholar and an influential figure in ISIS.
John Georgelas was jailed in 2006 for providing IT assistance for a jihadi website and expressing his desire to support al-Qaeda online.
After he was released, the family relocated to Egypt and socialized with a burgeoning circle of jihadis.
He moved the family to the Syrian town of Azaz in 2013.
John was reportedly close to ISIS’s late spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani and contributed to English-language propaganda calling for supporters to travel to the group’s territory and launch terror attacks.
Tania said she fled, while pregnant, in late 2013 after she and her three children fell severely ill.
She has since moved to Texas and divorced her husband.
“I can’t help but love him. I don’t know how to make that feeling stop,” she added.
Georgelas says she has renounced Islam since moving to Texas. She has joined a Christian Unitarian church and wants to help deradicalize returning ISIS fighters.
Maybe, we’d be better off not letting radical jihadists into the country to begin with?
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