Melanie Smith, researcher at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue's Women and Extremism,

‘Stalkers’: Tracking ISIS female cheerleaders online

In a nondescript office in central London, researcher Melanie Smith stares at her laptop, scrolling down the Twitter feed of a 17-year-old British girl who ran away to join Islamic State militants.

“What we’re looking at here is when she announced her husband’s death,” said Smith, pointing to a post from a few months ago that says: “May Allah accept my husband.”

There are also lots of retweets, from screenshots of IS propaganda videos to news articles, particularly around the time of the Islamist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January.

  • ntt1

    track them document them and prosecute them for treason if they return.

    • They should not be allowed to return.

      • ntt1

        The obvious solution but for some reason or elected leaders and bureaucrats refuse to do this.

    • Frau Katze

      I agree completely.