The single life: ISIS militants tweet about struggle to wed
A man identified as Hamza Parvez, 22, has been particularly vocal about his romantic status.
Although the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) set up “marriage bureau” to pair its fighters with supporters, some militants of the radical groups seem to be struggling to get hitched.
A man identified as Hamza Parvez, 22, believed to be a British citizens who had travelled to Syria 11 months ago to join ISIS, has been particularly vocal about his romantic status.
On an Ask.fm page attributed to him by the Daily Mail, Hamza voices his desire to wed a fellow ISIS supporter, but he is yet to find the right girl.
His friends also took to social media where they spoke of what seems to be a shortage of ISIS-aligned brides.
“Urgh another brother got married... The pain... LOL I'm happy for him but still... The pain...” one of Parvez’s friends, a man believed to be a Belgian fighter known as Abu Mariya al-Belgiki, tweeted, according to the Mail.
“But marriage for the mujahideen especially for us, who come from Europe, is a big problem here...There is no mujahiras,” he tweeted disgruntled by the news of his friend’s engagement.
“Whenever you are going to marry someone... There is always that guy who's better than you... U stand no chance... life reality...,”he added.
Another ISIS fighter, believed to be Finnish, has also announcement his dismay at being single.
“Gotten so desperate that I lift my requirements. Yes my wife can be a bit older and taller than me, and ethnicity won't matter,” a screenshot of a tweet he had sent read.
The British authorities are increasingly concerned by the numbers of young people heading to join militants in Syria, after a string of high-profile cases in recent weeks.
Three teenage boys and a 21-year-old woman were stopped in Turkey in March on suspicion of trying to cross the border.
About 700 people are thought to have gone to Syria from Britain, of whom almost half are reported to have returned
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