Aisha Lawrence

Former MI6 deep cover asset and kali expert

Description:

Aisha Lawrence is a young Muslim woman of mixed Caucasian and Pakistani heritage. She grew up in Luton, where her father, Mo Lawrence, worked as a vehicle technician and eskrima instructor.

Academically, she excelled in languages, history and English and graduated in Linguistics at UCL. In her first week at university, Aisha was approached by an MI5 recruiter, an incident that led to Aisha acting as an informant in the Muslim communities of Luton and London. Successfully infiltrating radical groups in London and Luton, her work was instrumental in foiling at least one terrorist plot and rolling up both cells.

After being invited to accompany her sister to Syria, she was transferred to MI6 control to act as a ‘spotter’ for drone strikes against the leadership. While there, she acted as a nurse and medic as well as cooking and cleaning for Islamic State. The situation culminated in her killing Abu al-Hija – perhaps the second or third most powerful man in ISIS at the time – with a kitchen knife.

Bio:

Aisha Lawrence is a young Muslim woman of mixed Caucasian and Pakistani heritage. She grew up in Luton, where her father, Mo Lawrence, worked as a vehicle technician and eskrima instructor.

Aisha was brought up in a family environment that was a fusion of mainstream British culture and fairly conservative Islam, During her childhood she was regarded as something of a rebellious tom-boy and misfit.

At the age of 12, Aisha was attacked and sexually assaulted on the way home from school. After this, her mother home-schooled their large family almost single-handedly. Also, her father – one of the best eskrima teachers in the UK – gave her and her sisters regular private lessons, which Aisha, in particular embraced and excelled at. She is now a master of using weapons of many kinds, particularly improvising them from apparently ordinary items, as well as a range of traditional and modern eskrima weapons.

And as she matured she seemed to calm down and became more religiously observant. In reality, however, she had learned to present a front of respectable compliance, while internally maintaining a fiercely independent spirit. Privately she had become a free-thinker, a rationalist, a feminist and a liberal humanitarian and possibly an apostate. This ability to deceive others about herself would serve her well later.

Academically, she excelled in languages, history and English and graduated in Linguistics at UCL. In her first week at university, Aisha was approached by an MI5 recruiter, an incident that led to Aisha acting as an informant in the Muslim communities of Luton and London. Aisha loved the intrigue and the intellectual and personal challenge. She allowed herself to be ‘radicalised’ by two fellow students and she worried her parents by appearing more political and intolerant. Successfully infiltrating radical groups in London and Luton, her work was instrumental in foiling at least one terrorist plot and rolling up both cells.

Around the time she graduated, she was offered the opportunity to travel to Syria with her sister-in-law to support ISIS. Her MI5 handler encouraged her to take the opportunity. She was then hurriedly transferred to MI6 control to act as a ‘spotter’ for drone strikes against the leadership. While there, she acted as a nurse and medic as well as cooking and cleaning for Islamic State.

This culminated in a situation where Aisha had infiltrated an ISIS base of operations in the outskirs of Deir-al-Zour when, as anticipated, Abu al-Hija – perhaps the second or third most powerful man in ISIS at the time – arrived from Tunisia and took command. She passed the coordinates on to her friendly contact to launch a drone strike against this man. But Aisha was wavering – the adjoining building was being used as a makeshift hospital, treating innocent locals as well as IS fighters. There had to be another way. All of a sudden, while Aisha was working in the kitchen, an opportunity suddenly presented itself, and Aisha killed him with a kitchen knife. She then tried to call off the airstrike, but the RAF refused to change their plans. She fled the scene, just 5 minutes before the block was reduced to rubble and craters. By taking a car, and camping in the wilderness she made it to a refugee camp, then eventually back to the UK. She faced scrutiny about ISIS involvement from the authorities and then, once she was handed over to MI6 for debriefing, questions about her reliability.

MI6 probably regard her now as a potentially very effective yet reckless asset, and as a civilian asset rather than a true MI6 agent, rather naive and untrained in some respects. Her radical network at home and abroad is compromised and she has proven to have problems following orders. For now, the Service have put their asset on ice.

Aisha Lawrence

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