Syria Raqqa

‘How I helped a young French couple return from waging jihad’

Oumar lives in Istanbul. In the past couple of years, he’s witnessed first hand the transformation of Turkey’s economic capital into a stopping point for men and women determined to wage jihad in Syria. But a few days ago, he was put in touch with a young French couple who had decided to make the same journey in the opposite direction. When the French consulate was unable to help, Oumar stepped in to lend a hand.

Oumar’s willingness to help stems from the fact that for him, the young couple’s predicament hit close to home. In February, his cousin – a deeply religious Muslim of French nationality – left her family to join other French nationals fighting with the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria. That was only a few weeks ago. Since then, Oumar has been looking for contacts and trying to find out more. His hunt for more information soon led him to cross paths with people whose stories closely resembled the plight of his own cousin. Then at the end of March, he came across a young French couple trying to make the same journey in reverse. The 19-year-old man had left for Syria around a year ago. He was later joined by his girlfriend. Once in Syria, they got married. Both come from the Paris region.

Gee. Thanks Pal.


  • Una Salus

    jihad support network

  • Jay Currie

    Ah, the old in out.

    As a general rule Western nations should spend not a minute nor a dime preventing their “citizens” from going to Syria. They should identify those who do, strip them of their citizenship and strenuously work to prevent their return.

  • Kathy Prendergast

    I don’t quite understand…what “predicament” were this couple of jihadists in? They just wanted to return to France and for all to be forgiven? And why is the man’s cousin’s situation referred to as a “plight”, when she is an adult who left for Syria of her own free will? Why do we persist in speaking of these people as victims? They are traitors: if they happen to come to their senses before they get their heads blown off and want to go back “home”, they need to be told in no uncertain terms that they gave up on that particular “home” when they elected to fight on the side of their home’s enemy. They made their own miserable bed; let them lie on it.

  • Frau Katze

    Another person making excuses for Islamic jihadis who found it wasn’t quite they were expecting. And France 24 seems to be very sympathetic too.

    It’s a disgrace. This is why we are doomed. We are too far gone I fear.

  • moraywatson

    Why do muslims need help in returning from a personal spiritual struggle? Just asking. /sarc off

    • ntt1

      Muslims are all struggle and very little spirituality, that could be part of the problem.

  • ntt1

    keep them out .they have demonstrated their disloyalty to their country along with contempt for civilized conduct, Why on earth should they be allowed back? can they ever be trusted again?