Europe’s Young ISIS Recruits: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

For weeks, Farid Bouamran, a Dutch-Moroccan immigrant who has lived 30 years in Amsterdam, watched as his son Achraf became increasingly radicalized, tuning in to videos and Twitter accounts online.Within two months, Achraf had traded in his jeans for a dishdasha,or robe, grown a beard, and begun spending time online with Belgian youth his father once called “men with long Arabic names: Abou this and Abou that.”

Panicked, Bouamran took every measure he could think of to intervene: he brought Achraf to his own mosque to hear the imam speak of a peaceful Islam. He canceled his son’s Internet account, forbid him to see his radical Muslim friends, and even followed him when he went out at night.

  • Alain

    Allow me to translate this if you will. Farid Bouamran, a Moroccan living in Amsterdam watched as his son Achraf (good Dutch name) became increasingly devout. In order words the father was Islam in remission and the son was full-blown Islam, back with a vengeance.

  • infedel

    …”he brought Achraf to his own mosque”…therein lies the problem.

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      The problem was he was reading the Koran 20 hours and watching cnn in Arabic .

      • infedel

        True…islam is THE problem;has been for 1400 years—being ‘nice’ in this century will not change that fact.

        • Maurixio Garciasanchez

          It won’t change nothing , time to tell the West to withdraw completely from their lands and leave then on their own .

          • infedel

            no aide, no weapons, no food, no tech…and kick them all out of our lands.