French Teen, 14, Deserts Family, Joins Islamic State

When the father read the letter aloud, his wife and two children stopped talking and listened painfully to the words his teenage daughter had left behind for the family. Ines' father agreed to read the goodbye letter aloud in a meeting with Women's eNews, adding that he had declined media offers to purchase the document. In very simple terms, Ines, a French-Algerian, explains in the letter that she decided to leave France because it is a country that doesn't accept her as a Muslim. She writes that she is going to a country where she will live her Islam freely. While reading the letter, Ines' father broke down in tears, joined by his wife and his other daughter. "I haven't read the letter since the day we found it," he said.” Read full story here 


Air Strikes on ISIS Worry Family of French Runaway

In March, Sarah ran away from home and shocked her family by going to Syria to help jihadis with the Islamic State. At the time, she'd only been back in school for about two weeks after a period of absences that her brother, Jonathan Ali Mehemmi, couldn't explain. "She was missing a lot of days at school," was all her brother could say in a recent phone interview. Sarah wanted to help Syrians on the "humanitarian" front, her brother added.” Read fully story here


Teen Recruit to Al-Qaida Branch in Syria Wants Out

Nora Al-Bathy wants to come home. In January, when she vanished from her home in Avignon, in the south of France, to go to Syria, she made the "mistake of her life" said her brother Fouad. At the time she was 16. Now 17, Nora is now living under the control of Al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, who have her helping them with their child care. Her brother said she was tricked into going. Her family had no idea she was intending to leave.” Read full story here


'ISIS Is Watching' French Teen Tells Her Family

Will members of the Islamic State read this story? It would be fair to think so, says the father of a French female teen who joined the terrorist group in June 2014. He says his young daughter--let's call her Iman--told him that members of the Islamic State, also known asIslamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS, religiously scan all press coverage about them. The father, who we call K, spoke on the phone in early March and April from France. He talked reluctantly, since his daughter had warned him of press monitoring by the Islamic State. He feared that her captors might "torture or punish" his daughter if they found out he had spoken to journalists." Read full story here