A militant carrying the ISIS flag
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Belgian police have arrested an Aruban-born woman on suspicion of recruiting for the terrorist group known ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham), the country’s largest newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws reported.
Rosliana Adelline Geerman (21) converted to Islam only a few years ago. But she already tried to send at least two girls to Syria, investigators say.
‘Oum Uthmaan’, as Geerman is calling herself in extremist circles, was the driving force behind a support group on Facebook for ‘Umm Haneefa’ and ‘Oum Abbas’. These are the pseudonyms of two girls from Antwerp who were stopped last May while trying to leave for the Syrian conflict. Hakima Maatouch (18) has been imprisoned since then, while Jessy H. (17) has been committed to a juvenile institution.
Besides her links with the two teenagers, Geerman also has a lot of contacts with sympathisers who are already in Syria. She is said to be communicating via Facebook with at least four women from Belgium and the Netherlands who are currently with ISIS forces in the city of ar-Raqqah. Among them is an 18-year-old Dutch woman to whom a well known ISIS fighter from Antwerp, Brian De Mulder, married there.
For the investigators, there is sufficient indication that Geerman has served as an intermediary in the recruitment of the two girls.
Geerman comes from Aruba and an apparently forgotten MySpace account shows her as a party girl. “Tequila shots with my friends,” she commented on one of her pics. But after living in the Netherlands for several years, it is said she moved to Brussels after her conversion to Islam and her marriage to a man of Algerian descent.
Belgium has had the largest number of jihadists leave to fight in the Syrian civil war, out of any country in Western Europe, on a per capita basis. Female recruiters and pro-sharia networks are blamed by experts and the police for the large number of people leaving Belgium.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle