A female fighter of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) walks amid the damage in the town of al-Mabroukah after the YPG took control of the area from Islamic State fighters May 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Only two of the some 600 Western girls and young women who have joined extremists in Syria are known to have made it out of the war zone.By comparison, as many as 30 percent of the male foreign fighters have left or are on their way out, according to figures from European governments that monitor the returns.With an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters – among them 5,000 Europeans – in Syria, there is no shortage of men looking for wives.The networks that bring the women into Syria are increasingly organized around the extremists' dream of building a nation of multinational jihadis, meaning European girls are particularly prized.Amelia was first contacted on Facebook by a French fighter on Jan. 14, 2014, and within a month agreed to go to Syria and marry the man, who identified himself as "Tony Toxiko".This winter, Amelia managed to deceive her family and left again – making it to Syria with the Algerian fighter, who is more than twice her age.
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