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British woman fled Texas husband who became leader in the Islamic State

January 9, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
British woman fled Texas husband who became leader in the Islamic State

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One of the most sought after Islamic State terrorists in the world is a Texas man who was radicalized in the U.K. and married his wife in a town hall in England.

John Georgelas, an American citizen, married Joya Choudhury in Lancashire after they met online, despite protests by her family.

The white man who converted to Islam and is deemed the most senior Westerner in the Islamic State, even convinced his wife to take their three young sons to Syria while she was pregnant with their fourth child.

The 33-year-old primary recruiter for the Islamic State, was the son of a former U.S. air force doctor, Timothy Georgelas. His grandfather also served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He moved to the UK while his father was stationed in the Cambridge area during the 1980s, and he converted to Islam just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks when he was back in the States after meeting international students near his Texas residence.

He went back to the UK sometime after, and eventually met 19-year-old Choudhury and married her in 2004, while she was pregnant with their first child.

The Sunday Times reported that Choudhury’s relationship with Georgelas enhanced her extremism to the point that she wished to give birth to seven holy warriors.

Joya Choudhury, pictured with her children, grew up in Rochdale but married American John Georgelas aged 19 in 2004, who went on to become the ‘leading Westerner in ISIS’

After spending one month in the war zone of Syria, she and the children became sick, and she soon realized that she needed to leave.

She ended up fleeing Syria and going to America to be closer to Georgelas’s family and give birth to her fourth child.

The marriage also did not last. At the end of 2014, just one year after fleeing Syria, she divorced her husband in U.S. court.

Now 33-years-old, she now sports normal Western clothing and refers to herself on social media as a “left-wing libertarian.”

Joya, whose family is from Bangladesh, was renounced by her family after the wedding, for which she was pregnant.

She is said to have been “westernized” before becoming radicalized. Choudhury reportedly showed “little interest in religion” and even smoked cannabis.

Georgelas is the son of former US air force doctor, Timothy Georgelas, pictured

However, it is believed that she was impressed by a group of students from Algeria when she started studying at a college in East London, which drove a wedge between her and her family.

The woman is said to have begun wearing a full body robe before she met Georgales in 2003 on a Muslim dating website.

They wed one year later, with neighbors in Rochdale saying that they were having financial issues and that her family “was not happy” about the nuptials but threw a reception afterward “to preserve their reputation.”

The couple then relocated around the UK and are believed to have relied on benefits, using the cash to fund their “fundamentalist lifestyle” in London, where they were influenced by radical teachings including Jordanian Sheikh Abu Isa al-Rifai, who had previously proclaimed a caliphate in the 1990s.

The couple ultimately moved to Texas where they were supported by Georgelas’ parents.

He was thrown behind bars for 34 months in 2006 after obtaining unauthorized entrance to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee site while working as a technician at a website firm, which he used as a cover to help al-Qaeda.

She remained with her husband and even allowed him to marry a second wife, who was a friend from her college in London, although it was a brief relationship as the other woman was in London and Georgelas was not permitted to leave the U.S. due to the conditions of his parole.

Despite being under FBI surveillance, the couple fled in 2011 because Georgelas wanted to “raise his family in a Muslim country,” and they eventually chose Egypt.

Joya, left, had four children with her husband (right), whom she traveled to Syria with, but left in 2014 and fled to the US where she now lives near Georgelas’ parents in Texas. She filed for divorce in 2014

According to The Atlantic, Georgelas’ rising reputation led to jihadists visiting him for assistance, and by 2013 he decided to move his family to Syria to “help refugees.”

After only one month, Joya called her family, whom she had not communicated with in four years, via Georgelas’ parents, declaring she was in Turkey with her kids, and claimed they were very sick.

She spent a little time back in the UK, where she gave birth to her fourth child, but barriers between her and her family led her to go back to Texas to live closer to Georgelas’ parents.

The children now live with her in-laws while she has access to them on the weekends, although there are “concerns” over what the kids have “been exposed to.”

In 2014, she filed for divorce in the U.S. and had returned to wearing Western outfits and now goes by the name Tania.

Meanwhile, Georgelas, who planned for his family to be secretly taken to Turkey after Joya had decided she wanted to leave, stayed in Syria and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State.

He is reportedly one of the highest ranking westerners in the organization, who is responsible for luring new recruits from English countries.

He also writes articles for ISIS propaganda sites.

Over 800 British Muslims are believed to have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join terrorist organizations, with at least 100 of those believed to be women or young girls.

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