No-one quite knows how they got radicalized, but they are of Bosnian heritage, so one must assume they are Muslim. When they disappeared, they left a note for their parents:
“Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah — and we will die for him.”But have the fair-haired, blue-eyed girls really had a change of heart? They lived in a Western country with no restrictions on how they conducted their lives, and it's feasible that the highly restricted lifestyle of a Muslim jihadi's wife could quickly turn unappealing. But what if they are simply trying to get home so they can radicalize others, and at some point in time initiate a terrorist attack in Vienna? They seemed to be enjoying the lifestyle, according to social media.
For weeks social media accounts believed to belong to the girls have been posting pictures and information leading many to feel they enjoyed living a life of terror.Austrian authorities claim that was an ISIS plot to convince people that the teens wanted to be "the poster girls for jihad in Syria."
It might not be so easy for them to return, however.
They have contacted their loved ones and told them they are sick of living with the Islamic state jihadis, but they also said they don’t feel they can flee from their unwanted new life because too many people now associate them with IS.
“The main problem is about people coming back to Austria,” said Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman, Karl-Heinz Grundboeck. “Once they leave it is almost impossible.”We make choices in this world, we suffer the consequences. They should not be allowed to return.
More on the story and pictures of the girls pre and post ISIS on the Daily Mail UK, Al Arabiya, and News.com.Au