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Glamour model, 28, reveals how ISIS recruiter brainwashed her on Facebook before grooming her to move to Syria and become the next White Widow

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 20-06-2018 Katie French
a person walking down a street: Kimberley Miners, who claims she was brainwashed by ISIS recruiters © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kimberley Miners, who claims she was brainwashed by ISIS recruiters

A glamour model has revealed how an ISIS recruiter brainwashed her on Facebook before grooming her to move to Syria to become the next White Widow.   

Kimberley Miners, 29, from London, claims she was groomed and indoctrinated online by ISIS recruiter Naweed Hussain, who died in an airstrike in February. 

She said they wanted her to become the next 'White Widow' and follow in the footsteps of Sally Jones, a British mother of one who sacrificed her life to the cause earlier this year. 

Miss Miners was arrested by anti-terror police last year after they discovered correspondence between her and Hussain which included a bomb-making manual.   

She told The Sun she believed ISIS wanted to use her as a new version of Jones. 

a close up of a woman © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Miss Miners, who was released after security chiefs realised she had been duped, told The Sun she has 'totally fallen for it'.  

She described how Hussain flattered her and boosted her confidence, even convincing her to change her name to Aisha Lauren al-Britaniya. 

a man that is standing in the water: ISIS recruiter: Naweed Hussain contacted Miss Miners on Facebook after she shared a video sympathising with the plight of Syrian refugees © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited ISIS recruiter: Naweed Hussain contacted Miss Miners on Facebook after she shared a video sympathising with the plight of Syrian refugees Miss Miners told the newspaper she was lonely after suffering a miscarriage and breaking up with her fiance. 

She said she didn't use social media properly until she became single and through loneliness, began making friends with people in Syria after sympathising with the plight of refugees.   

Miss Miners said: 'I was upset by what was happening in Syria to the children. I wanted to do something to help.

a woman wearing a costume © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'I started sharing videos of bomb attacks in the hope of showing people what was going on.

'I soon started receiving lots of friend requests from people in Syria. They'd message me on Facebook.

'It's embarrassing now but I liked the attention. I'd been so lonely. Now I felt I finally belonged.

a person standing next to a car © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'I craved the attention, the respect and the offers of friendship.'   

Hussain first got in touch after IS spotted that Kimberley had been using social media to highlight the plight of children caught up in the Syrian civil war. 

Hussain, who used the name Abu Usamah Al-Britani with IS, got in touch Miss Miners and the pair began discussing the Syrian civil war.  

a man holding a dog: ISIS recruiters wanted Ms Miners to become the new 'White Widow' - the name given to jihadi convert Sally Jones (pictured), who is believed to have been killed last year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited ISIS recruiters wanted Ms Miners to become the new 'White Widow' - the name given to jihadi convert Sally Jones (pictured), who is believed to have been killed last year Among Kimberley's new social media friends was East Londoner Amira Abase, 15, who travelled to Syria with two school friends — and the now notorious Sally Jones.

Jones, a former punk from Kent, had moved to Syria with nine-year-old son Jojo to join IS after meeting a British jihadist online. 

By the end of 2015 police were aware of her online activity and visited her at home.

a person lying on the ground: Troubled: Miss Miners posted a picture of herself in a full face veil at the height of her self-confessed obsession © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Troubled: Miss Miners posted a picture of herself in a full face veil at the height of her self-confessed obsession She attended a terrorism prevention course and was monitored weekly. She also attended therapy sessions to identify possible triggers for her behaviour.

But she dropped out of the course. And Hussain, who had initially been in contact on Facebook, told her to open an account with Telegram, the encrypted messaging service.

The single mother of one, said Hussain invited her to Turkey where he said he would meet her and take her to Syria. 

Shortly after anti-terror police pounced and arrested her. They discovered all the correspondence between the pair and a bomb manual she had been sent.

Miss Miners was told she faced ten years in prison but was later released from bail without any further action in January. A few weeks later Hussain was killed in a drone strike. 

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