An American teenager who was forced to join Isis by her father, has spoken out about her ordeal after escaping from territory still held by the militant group.
“My father, of course, didn’t tell us that we were coming to Syria,” the 15-year-old told US broadcaster CBS News, on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was until recently a stronghold for the militant group.
“When it was time to get out of the car, and cross the border, he was like ‘you’re going to Syria,’ and it was a really big shock.”
On their arrival, the teenager from Kansas said she was coerced into marrying another fighter.
She said her father had been killed and she is now living with several other women who have escaped Raqqa in recent weeks.
Describing conditions under the harsh rules of the so called Caliphate, she said: “We were prisoners. We were just quiet.”
She added they were told: “Shut up, sit down you’re in the house, be glad your head isn’t chopped off.”
The girl now hopes to be reunited with her mother, who she believes is still living in the US.
“I still have hope, hope to go to school, hope to be a normal person, hope to be a mother to my child,” she said.
The CBS News report:
The video claims she’s from “a seemingly normal American family.” That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Too many unanswered questions in this story. The most important is will the U.S. allow a 15-year old who claims to be a “devout Muslim” and is pregnant with an ISIS jihadi’s baby into the U.S.?
Who is/was the father? The mother? Maybe someone in Kansas who sees the pictures will recognize them.