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White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite 'trains ISIS suicide bombers in Syria'

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By Mirror | September 29th 2014

UK: The 30 year-old Brit - one of the world's most wanted women - is also thought to be helping the militants with their propaganda campaign.

White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite is reportedly training ISIS female suicide bombers in Syria.

The widow of 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, Lewthwaite took the name Sherafiyah when she converted to Islam.

For three years, British, American and Kenyan security services have been after her.

She was also suspected of being involved in the massacre at the Westgate ­Shopping Centre in Nairobi last September, the Star on Sunday reports.

But news of her involvement with ISIS will cause added concern in London and Washington, as she uses her extensive terrorist experience to assist the militants.

ISIS, (sometimes known as ISIL and later renamed simply Islamic State) is a Jihadist militant group in Iraq and Syria influenced by the Wahhabi movement.

It aims to establish a caliphate, or Islamic state in Sunni majority regions of Iraq and Syria. In June 2014, they seized control of Mosul, Fallujah and Tikrit in northern-Iraq in large scale military offensives.

As well as helping to train suicide bombers, Lewthwaite, the daughter of a former British soldier, also understood to be providing ISIS with training on how to exploit the media.

There are fears that she may have assisted with the production of the horrifying ISIS beheading videos, showing the murders of two US journalists and British aid worker David Haines.

The news comes after RAF Tornado bombers joined in allied attacks on ISIS positions in Iraq.

The jets were fully armed, but were not thought to have identified any targets.

They were the first British jets to fly a combat mission against ISIS since Parliament authorised air strikes on Friday.

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