Brit jihadi bride married American ISIS commander – then divorced him and fled Syria with their children

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Joya Choudhury, pictured with her children, grew up in Rochdale but married American John Georgelas aged 19 in 2004

A British jihadi bride wed an American white Islamic convert, who went on to become a senior ISIS commander, in Rochdale town hall.

It emerged today that Joya Choudhury exchanged vows with her lover John Georgelas in October 2004 while pregnant with their first child.

The couple, now separated, met online through extremist websites.

Nearly a decade later, after Georgelas had spent three years in a US prison, they fled together to Syria with their three children to live in the self-declared ISIS caliphate.

But fearing for her health and the lives of their offspring, Choudhury, originally from London, managed to slip back over the border later in 2013.

She was pregnant with their fourth child at the time.

It has now been revealed that the British woman, 33, currently lives close to her in-laws in Texas, where they look after her children.

She allegedly only sees them at the weekend.

American John Georgelas, who is a senior member of ISIS

At the end of 2014 Choudhury filed for divorce from Georgelas in the US courts, and now dresses in Western clothing again.

Meanwhile Georgelas, known as Yahya Abu Hassan, has risen up the ranks of ISIS to become the most senior westerner in the terrorist group.

One of his tasks is to lure English-speaking recruits.

He was one of the first people to call for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to declare a caliphate in the Middle East and was close to Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the terror group’s external operations chief, who was behind the Paris and Brussels massacres.

Georgelas’s activities are believed to have led to him being placed on a Pentagon “kill list”.

Having turned her back on radical Islam, Choudhury today describes herself on Twitter as a “left-wing libertarian and spiritual seeker”.

It is a far cry from her fundamentalist past.

The couple got married at Rochdale Town Hall (Photo: Rochdale Observer)

One of five siblings, she grew up in a comfortable middle-class household.

Her father, who had emigrated to London from Bangladesh, was a well-respected postman until his recent retirement.

Choudhury was known as Tania to friends and family and was reportedly a teenage rebel. It is believed she became radicalised while studying for her A-levels, and started wearing a full body jilbab robe.

After spending time on Muslim dating websites, she encountered Georgelas, the son of a US air force doctor and grandson of a US Second World War veteran, online in early 2003.

He flew to London in March 2003 and the couple, both aged only 19, exchanged Islamic vows in secret.

Choudhury was said to be shunned by her family after taking up extremist Islam.

The couple were believed to have spent time with Islamist preachers, possibly including radical cleric Anjem Choudary.

Following their marriage in Rochdale, they moved to Texas.

More than 800 British Muslims have joined jihadi groups in Syria and Iraq (Photo: ISIS)

Georgelas used a job at an internet hosting company in Dallas as cover to provide support for al-Qaeda sympathisers online.

In 2006 he was jailed for 34 months for gaining unauthorised access to the website of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

In 2011, following the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, the couple moved to Egypt.

Jihadists from Europe reportedly came to Georgelas to seek guidance.

By 2013, when the conflict in Syria was well under way, Georgelas told friends he was heading to Turkey to help refugees close to the Syrian border.

More than 800 British Muslims, including up to 100 women and girls, have joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Dozens have been killed on the battlefield, while at least 400 have returned to the UK, prompting fears of a new wave of attacks on British soil.

Georgelas regularly writes articles for Dabiq and Rumiyah, Isis’s online propaganda magazines.

In one article last year, he placed Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, and Baroness Warsi, the former Conservative Party chairwoman, on a “kill-list” of so-called “apostates”.